New York, NY- Annelies, James Whitbourn’s internationally acclaimed choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank receives its New York City premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts this April 26, 2014 by an internationally and nationally renowned ensemble of artists: soprano Arianna Zukerman, clarinetist Bharat Chandra, The Lincoln Trio, and The Westminster Williamson Voices led by choir conductor James Jordan. On April 24, two days prior to the concert, the composer, conductor and soprano soloist participate in a special cross town event at the Lowenstein Auditorium, Temple Emanu-El, featuring a moderated discussion about the GRAMMY nominated work and including a Q & A with the audience.
A limited number of free tickets are available to Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans (call 480-269-7652).
Annelies was commissioned by the Jewish Music Institute of London, and premiered at a royal commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005. Mr. Whitbourn, with his librettist, Melanie Challenger, was given unique access to the Anne Frank Foundation and support from the surviving family to use the Diary.
Tickets to the April 24 event (General $15; $10 students and seniors) can be purchased by calling (480) 269-7652 or visiting http://www.anneliesnyc.com/discussion
Selections of the GRAMMY nominated (Best Choral Performance) critically acclaimed 2013 Naxos recording of Annelies, which features the performers in the April 26, 2014 Lincoln Center concert, will also be played as part of the April 24 event.
Music Web International has praised, “This is timeless music, setting extracts from the diaries of Anne Frank. …for me it joins Britten’s War Requiem and Tippett’s A Child of our Time as a major work bewailing the inhumanity of twentieth-century man to man, though it’s very different in tone from either of them. The music is uplifting, yet never in such a way as to draw attention to itself from the words of Anne Frank – with one brief exception, describing the fate of the family, everything here comes from her. Performances are exemplary.”
Artists’ biographies attached. Click here.