THE GENIUS OF THE GHOSTLY GIANTS
Libretto by David Mason
In Sleep The World Is Yours**
Poems by Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger
Catherine Cook, Mezzo-Soprano*
Robert Orth, Baritone*
Music of Remembrance • Mina Miller, Artistic Director
Tom Cipullo’s contemporary opera After Life explores the rôle of art in a troubled world and poses weighty questions about the artist’s duty in confronting inhumanity. David Mason’s libretto imagines an encounter between the ghosts of Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein, who reveal both their brilliance and their human flaws. Lori Laitman’s song cycle In Sleep The World Is Yours sets three beautiful poems by Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, who was to perish in a Nazi labor camp in Ukraine at the age of 18.
Miller’s bold leadership has made Music of Remembrance the home of “some of Seattle’s best musicians” (Seattle Times), and has drawn national attention by commissioning new works from American composer luminaries such as Paul Schoenfield, Jake Heggie, Tom Cipullo, Lori Laitman, and Thomas Pasatieri, among others. Recognized as an authority on Holocaust-era music and musicians, Miller has lectured in Seattle and internationally on the precious cultural and artistic legacy that escaped Nazi destruction.
Founded in 1998 by pianist Mina Miller, Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique cultural rôle throughout the world by remembering the Holocaust through music with concert performances, educational programs, recordings and commissions of new works. MOR’s major concerts at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and other venues have been acclaimed for their innovative programs and superior performance standards.
– MusicWeb International
– American Record Guide