Defiant Requiem

On 3 May 1945, the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp was handed over by the Germans to the Red Cross. Defiant Requiem tells the story of conductor Rafael Schächter and his choir members, who performed Verdi's Requiem as an act of resistance against the Nazis. The power of the music helped the camp prisoners maintain their resilience and regain their spiritual freedom. The Requiem was originally going to be performed on 3 May 2020 in Amsterdam (Beurs van Berlage), but had to be postponed due to COVID-19 measures.

In 2021, the resit of this special concert will take place, which will be performed by the he National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (NJO) in collaboration with the Netherlands Concert Choir (Nederlands Concertkoor), conducted by Murry Sidlin and with several soloists. The concert is expected to take place in the autumn of 2021. As soon as we know the new date, we will publish it on our website.

The video below was made for the originally planned commemoration of conductor Rafael Schächter and his choir members (Dutch only) on MAy 3, 2020.

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