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Testimony of Witnesses Executive Summary

The cornerstone of Boston Secession's 2008-2009 season is the world premiere of Testimony of Witnesses, a new multilingual oratorio based on the poetry of Holocaust victims and survivors. Testimony of Witnesses, by Secession's composer in residence Ruth Lomon, is a concert-length work scored for chorus, orchestra, and soloists. In this extraordinary testament, Lomon's provocative and hauntingly beautiful settings illuminate the personal experience of seventeen poets, whose texts – in Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Polish, English, and Yiddish – reflect the truly international impact of the Holocaust and the variety of individuals and communities that were forever changed by it.

Testimony of Witnesses performance
  • world premiere concert in March of 2009
  • concert-length work
  • fourteen movements
  • scored for orchestra, chorus, and vocal soloists
  • based on the poetry of Holocaust victims and survivors
  • eighteen individual writers – men, women, and children
  • texts in Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Polish, English, and Yiddish

    Performers Boston Secession and Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank
  • 25-voice professional vocal ensemble
  • over ten years of presenting performances of exceptional quality
  • rich and transparent sound with the nuance of fine orchestral work
  • critical acclaim and growing audiences

    Composer Ruth Lomon
  • prolific and distinguished composing career spans five decades
  • composing, private teaching, research, and active membership and service in a wide variety of professional associations and academic settings
  • numerous composing awards, including the Bunting/Harvard fellowship (1995-96)
  • over thirty commissions and artistic collaborations
  • Affiliated Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University
  • Composer-in-Residence for Boston Secession

    Testimony of Witnesses CD
  • release-quality live performance recording
  • available for sale and distribution in 2009-2010 season
  • extend impact of this work beyond Boston
    --- social
    --- historical
    --- educational
  • catalogs of national and international Holocaust museums
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