This musical-educational program was developed by renowned Israeli-American soprano Raya Gonen, a daughter of two Holocaust survivors, as a tribute to the composers who perished or survived the Holocaust.
“Singing for Survival – From Holocaust to Hope” is an hour-long recital for soprano, narrator and piano. It intertwines songs with narrative text, rich with historical detail and insight into the lives of the composers featured on the program. Its aim is to celebrate the artistic legacy of those who endowed humanity with a resounding message of courage and hope.
“Singing for Survival – From Holocaust to Hope” has a significant appeal to many organizations, institutions and presenters. Its unique format and message would be suitable for inclusion in music festivals; commemorative events; educational projects; interfaith, humanitarian and communal programs, and the concert stage, among others.
The program has already been received enthusiastically by audiences at dozens of venues in the U.S. and in Israel, among them the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, Monmouth University, NJ, Rutgers University, NJ, Stockton College, NJ, and the San Diego and San Francisco Jewish Community Centres. The San Diego Jewish Press Heritage wrote: "Ms. Gonen sang with a beautiful voice and deep emotion, touching our hearts and leaving an incredible impact on the audience. This program deserves and needs to be repeated!”
Performance Details and Requirements:
Length: Approximately 60 minutes.
Requirements: Tuned piano, microphone (for narrator), chair and music stand.
Optional requirement: Spotlighting.