Music and Shadows: A Taste of Classical Music

Taste Number 1 - Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck Taste Number 2 - Coppelia by Leo Delibes
Taste Number 3 - Maryushka and the Firebird - Tchaikowsky
Taste Number 4 - The Little Match Girl (Borodin, Vienna Boys' Choir, Pie Jesu (Weber)
Taste Number 5 - The Butterfly Dance (The Butterfly Lovers Concerto by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao)
Taste Number 6 - Aurora Dance (Pax Deorum by Enya)
This series of music workshops has been designed to introduce children to a selection of classical music.
In some workshops the music, arranged by Geoff Jowett, has been simplified so that interested children can play the themes
on the piano, recorder or guitar, or all three together.

Whether shadow theatre or creative dance, the rehearsals required for the performances, ensure maximum exposure to the music.
The workshops also introduce students to the various roles and conventions required in mounting a theatrical production.

Taste Number 4:

Auschwitz - The Sorrowful Symphony by Henryk Gorecki

In this workshop senior students attempt to capture in shadows, the chilling message of the Holocaust.

Images from the Performance....

The Background....


The Holocaust Survivors and Remembrance Project:

"Forget You Not"

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On the 65th Anniversary

of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Henryk Gorecki and The Sorrowful Symphony

Lento e Largo

No, Mother, do not weep,

Most chaste Queen of Heaven

Help me always.

Ave Maria.


Gorecki was born in Poland in 1933. He lived in a small
town close to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Gorecki said he wrote The Sorrowful Symphony (1977)
as a witness and with a warning.
The music is mournful and harrowing.
It has simple lyrics partly based on words taken from a
message etched by an 18 year old girl on the walls of a
Gestapo jail.

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Kristallnacht - The Night of Broken Glass

On November 9, 1938, triggered by the assassination of a German diplomat by
a German-born Polish Jew, the Nazis began a reign of terror against the Jews.
In two days, over 250 synagogues were burned, over 7,000 Jewish businesses
were trashed and looted, dozens of Jewish people were killed, and Jewish
cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes were looted while police and
fire brigades stood by.
This became known as Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," for the shattered
glass from the store windows that littered the streets.
The unimaginable horror of the Holocaust was unreigned....

Read Susan's Story here

For A Virtual Tour of Auschwitz-Birkenhau click here

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