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Thursday 31 October 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Christopher Latham director
Young Voices of Melbourne
MSO Chorus
Warren Trevelyan-Jones chorus director


Bernstein Symphony No.3 Kaddish
Elena Kats-Chernin & William Barton The Night of Broken Glass*
Plus works by Schulhoff, Ullmann, Krása, Klein, Haas, Szpilman, Weiner, Bischofswerder, Dreyfus and Korngold

*World premiere

About this performance

This concert is designed to promote healing and deeper understanding of historical trauma resulting from the Holocaust, however please note that the performance does contain graphic images including of deceased persons, and people in distress.

Commemorating 80 years since the liberation of the first execution camps, the MSO premieres the Holocaust Memorial Concert. This special event brings light to extraordinary cultural treasures in an evening of transcendent illuminations as ‘almost lost’ masterworks are revealed.

The Australian War Memorial’s first musical Artist in Residence, Christopher Latham OAM, curates a program that includes Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony and 14 works by Holocaust victims and survivors. The MSO also premieres a new work by Elena Kats-Chernin and William Barton, honouring William Cooper, leader of the Australian Aboriginal League's protest against Kristallnacht.

The long shadows of the Holocaust touch us and are still evident today. Come together to better understand its impact, as we continue to clean and dress this wound in the world.

Image: One Spring by Karl Bodek and Kurt Conrad Löw, courtesy of Yad Vashem

Duration: approx. 2 hours and 45 minutes including interval

Additional events

Join us for additional events on 29 October to more deeply explore the themes of this landmark event. School groups are invited to attend our Open Rehearsal for a special price of $9 per ticket.

Info and tickets
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Presented in partnership with the Australian War Memorial.

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This performance is supported by Gandel Foundation.

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With support from our concert media partner, The Australian Jewish News.

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