IUP Chorale Recreates WWII Performance

Posted on 2/19/2019 12:56:33 PM

The IUP Chorale will present Verdi’s iconic “Requiem” this Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium.

Defiant Requiem posterDuring WWII, Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” was performed at the Terezin Concentration Camp as an act of defiance. In 2012 this incredible historic moment was memorialized by the film Defiant Requiem.

Defiant Requiem tells the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezín. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, the inmates of Terezín fought back—with art and music. Through hunger, disease, and slave labor, the Jewish inmates of Terezin held onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera, and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them.

The IUP Chorale, in collaboration with the Defiant Requiem Foundation and Penn State Altoona, will present the “Verdi Requiem” as performed at Terezin.

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