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Nov 4, 2015 7:00 PM

Cantata for the Children of Terezin

The Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, will present the world premiere of Cantata for the Children of Terezin, by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El in Rye, NY. A second performance – the New York City premiere - will take place on Wednesday November 4th at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan. The concert pays tribute to the lives lost in Terezin, especially the 15,000 children, of whom only about 100 survived – along with a suitcase filled with poems and drawings.


Eugene Sirotkine (New York Metamorphoses Orchestra, NY Metropolitan Opera) will serve as the Music Director for the concerts. 

Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Professor Emeritus of Music at Manhattanville College, was inspired to compose Cantata for the Children of Terezin after she took a group of students on a trip to Prague nearly 20 years ago. There, she was deeply moved by drawings and poems created by children who had been imprisoned in Terezin. 

That experience led her to compose the cantata.  Although Ms. Joyce-Walter was able to arrange for a studio recording to be made in the Ukraine in 2007, the cantata has never been publicly performed.  Audiences at the two upcoming performances will be the first to hear the work performed live. 

 Jean Newton, Executive Director of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, said, "This composition gives musical expression to so many similar events that have taken place throughout history and are still taking place today.  The cantata expresses the power of music to give hope, strength and inspiration even under the most dire of circumstances.  It has meaning and relevance for everyone."

Tickets to the performance in Rye, NY

Tickets to the New York City performances






Nov 4, 2015 7:00 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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