World Premiere of Night of the Holocaust on January 29

World Premiere of Night of the Holocaust on January 29

Four choirs, a symphony orchestra and a number of soloists will perform Jewish religious music composer Leib Glantz’s (1898-1964) Night of the Holocaust at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 29, at the Church of Sts. John at Šv. Jono street no. 12 in Vilnius.

American composer Joseph Ness arranged the work for the orchestra and choirs transforming 20 of Glantz’s compositions into a seamless monumental work. Extracts from Elie Wiesel’s Night will provide additional drama elements.

The project is the fruit of an international team, including conductor Arkady Feldman from Russia, cantor Daniel Mutlu from the US, soprano Helena Goldt from Germany, violinist Rita Schteinfer from Israel, celloist Girgoriy Yanovski from Israel, Ekaterina Bergstedt on oboe from Sweden, the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra and the Kalinigrad choir Cyrillica, the male a cappella group from the Moscow synagogue, the Vilnius choir and actress Elzė Gudavičiūtė.

Glantz’s son Jerry Glantz came up with the idea and is a project organizer. He said the goal of the project is to remember the life of Elie Wiesel, the Nobel prize winner and Holocaust survivor who passed away in 2016, accompanied by his father’s music.

The concert is being held as part of events to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.

Organizers include the For International Cooperation and Memory association from Germany and the non-profit Holokausto nakties projektas. Vilnius organizers include the choir Vilnius and the Lithuanian Jewish Community.