Royal Theatre Carré, Amsterdam, 14:00
Tickets can be purchased online (www.carre.nl) or at the box office of the Royal Theatre Carré
Telephone: 0900-25 25 255
Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam, together with soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, will perform Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Royal Theatre Carré in a benefit concert for Musicians without Borders.
Eva-Maria Westbroek is ambassador of Musicians without Borders and it is at her request that this performance of Verdi’s Requiem is dedicated to the healing power of music. Eva-Maria’s first role as an ambassador for Musicians without Borders was on World Wide Music Day, June 21 2014 when she moved a full house to tears with her recital at Splendor, Amsterdam. As Eva-Maria Westbroek is an internationally-acclaimed opera star, it is a rare opportunity for Dutch audiences to hear her perform in the Netherlands.
Theresienstadt Concentration Camp and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
In November 1941, a concentration camp was established in the Czech city of Theresienstadt. Within only a few months, more than 50,000 Jews were imprisoned at Theresienstadt; crowded, malnourished and without appropriate sanitary conditions. Despite the inhumane conditions, there was a rich cultural life due to a relatively large number of artists and musicians among the prisoners.
One of the prisoners was conductor Rafael Schächter. He organized a number of performances, with Verdi’s Requiem being the highlight. In 1943, he rehearsed the piece, from a score that had been smuggled into the camp, with a choir of 150 Jewish prisoners. Twice, Schächter had to reinitiate the rehearsal process as choir members were either executed or deported to Auschwitz. Yet with no more than a rickety piano to accompany the choir, he still managed to give 16 performances of this powerful piece of music.
If there was ever a place where the power of music was evident, then it was here amongst the devastating and inhumane circumstances in Theresienstadt. Particularly in times of utter desolation and despair, a sense of dignity and humanity can be restored through the power of music.
Royal Theatre Carré
1018 EM Amsterdam
Eva-Maria Westbroek, soprano
Tania Kross, alto
Frank van Aken, tenor
Jaco Huijpen, bass
Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam & Noord Nederlands Orkest under the direction of Boudewijn Jansen
Prices (€ 75 – € 70 – € 55 – € 40 – € 25, -)
Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Royal Theatre Carré
Ticket sales: 0900-25 25 255