Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Event details


March 23, 2024


03:00 pm


Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St., Columbus, IN

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Verdi at Terezín

  • Saturday, March 23, 2024
  • Concert Starts at 3:00 PM
  • Columbus North Erne Auditorium
  • 1400 25th St. Columbus, IN 47201
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, a profoundly moving multimedia concert-drama, combines the magnificent music of Verdi with video testimonials and narration, to tell the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) who performed the celebrated Verdi Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation. With only a smuggled score, they performed the famous oratorio 16 times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and an International Red Cross delegation. Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir: “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.”
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín features a full performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, video testimony from survivors of the original chorus, segments of the Nazi propaganda film made at Terezín in 1944, and actors to relay the impassioned story of how and why these Jewish prisoners, who faced death every day, chose to learn and perform a Latin, Catholic mass during their darkest hours.

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Concert Program

Giuseppe Verdi: Defiant Requiem

This concert is approximately 115 minutes with no intermission.

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