BRUNDIBAR Wrap Up - Sounds of Hope and Resistance
On November 2, 2017, the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center was able to fulfill a seemingly unattainable dream of hosting Brundibar which has been a project for over a decade and a half. They were able to achieve this dream with the help of Opera Orlando and several of our own students from our Symphonic Orchestra. Maestro Hanrich Claassen was gracious enough to serve as Music Director for this performance, as well as conduct a performance of Vedem by composer Lori Laitman.
FSYO's Music Director, Hanrich Claassen Vedem pictured Lori Laitman
“Never forget! What an honor for FSYO to have played a small part in keeping the memory alive of the many lives lost during the Holocaust! We loved being part of the recent production of Brundibar and Vedem presented by the Holocaust Center in a collaboration with FSYO and members of the Opera Orlando Youth company.” - Hanrich Claassen, Music Director, and Symphonic Orchestra Conductor.
FSYO students featured in Brundibar
We are incredibly proud of our students who performed in this show this year. We felt that this performance gave our students an opportunity to experience such an emotional time for so many people in our community and throughout the world. Music Director Claassen adds that in times such as these, he always thinks of the Leonard Berstein quote, “This must be the mission of every man of goodwill: to insist, unflaggingly, at risk of becoming a repetitive bore, but to insist on the achievement of a world in which the mind will have triumphed over violence. This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”