Community Kristallnacht Commemoration: "Butterfly"
November 9, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. -- Gloria Dei Worship Center, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
The Jewish Federation of Columbus and Trinity Lutheran Seminary invite the community to the annual commemoration of Kristallnacht -- "the Night of Broken Glass" -- the 1938 event that presaged the Holocaust.
For a number of years, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, under the banner of the Promise for Life Holocaust Memorial and in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Columbus, has hosted a city-wide, interfaith commemoration.
This year's program will feature the premiere of "Butterfly," a new musical setting by Gary William Friedman of some of the poetry of children of Terezin, the infamous concentration camp. The work is scored for child soprano, baritone, and a musical ensemble consisting of flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, tuba, percussion, violin, two violas, cello and bass. The work will be conducted by the composer. Cantor Jack Chomsky of Congregation Tifereth Israel will be the baritone soloist, and the musical ensemble will feature some of the finest musicians in central Ohio. The program will also have brief scholarly remarks regarding Terezin, prayers appropriate to the occasion, and musical selections by several local choirs.
Gary William Friedman
Gary William Friedman is a versatile composer best known for his groundbreaking score for the Tony nominated, OBIE Award winning musical "The Me Nobody Knows." Other musical theater credits include the award winning "Taking My Turn", which was presented on PBS Television's Great Performance Series, "Sheba," "Platinum," "The Last Supper," and most recently, "Treasure Island."
In addition to the theater, his music spans the genres of jazz, film, symphonic and liturgical works.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from Brooklyn College where he completed his post-graduate studies in education. He studied electronic music composition at Columbia University with Vladimir Ussachevsky, and advanced classical composition privately with Hall Overton and Jan Meyerowitz.
His orchestral, operatic and dance works have been commissioned and performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lancaster Music Festival, the Columbus Symphony, The Festival at Sandpoint, Idaho, and Encompass New Opera Theatre.
In addition to scoring features and highly acclaimed television films, he served as Music Director for T.V.'s "The Electric Company," for which he wrote many songs including the popular "Spider Man Theme Song."
He has co-produced and arranged several internationally acclaimed jazz recordings by his wife, Stevie Holland. The two are also songwriting collaborators.