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In 1941, Rafael Schächter, a brilliant young and passionate Czech opera-choral conductor, was arrested and sent to the Nazi concentration camp, Terezín. Under unbearable circumstances but with courageous leadership, he conducted his fellow prisoners in 16 performances of Verdi’s Requiem, including one before their Nazi captors.
More than sixty years later, Conductor Murry Sidlin returned to Terezin to perform a memorial concert of the Requiem. Defiant Requiem is the story of Terezin and Rafael Schachter, Sidlin’s memorial concert, and the Roman Catholic funeral mass by Verdi that sustained the hope and courage of the Jewish prisoners.
Conductor Sidlin joins us in person to introduce the film and for a dessert reception that follows.