Murry Sidlin , professor, music, was mentioned in a Boston Globe review of his concert drama "Defiant Requiem." See below.

Requiem heralds courage, perseverance at Symphony Hall

From: Boston Globe Date: April 29, 2015 Author: Jeffrey Gantz

"When the judge takes his seat, / whatever is hidden shall be made manifest, / nothing shall remain unavenged." Those words, from the "Liber scriptus" of the Catholic Mass for the dead, might have been uppermost in the minds of the detainees at the Nazis' Terezín concentration camp who, between October 1943 and June 1944, gave 16 performances of the Verdi Requiem. On Monday at Symphony Hall, in a concert postponed from January, Murry Sidlin led the Orchestra of Terezín Remembrance and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in a commemoration, "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín," which interspersed the sections of the Requiem with film clips and narration by local actors Will LeBow and Jeremiah Kissel. The evening was as uplifting as it was sobering.

Despite the atrocious conditions - hunger, disease, torture, and the dire threat of "transport to the east" - the arts flourished at Terezín: lectures, art, plays, even opera. With just a vocal and piano score at his disposal, Rafael Schächter taught a chorus of 150 to sing the Verdi Requiem, an act of defiance and faith. Immediately after the first performance, more than half of his singers were shipped off to Auschwitz; he recruited new ones.


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