Department of Music Hosts Holocaust Cantata

The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Music will present the Holocaust Cantata on March 29 and April 15, featuring music composed from the writings of Polish prisoners during the Holocaust.

The performances will feature UT Arlington’s A Cappella Choir and University Singers, along with Elizabeth Morrow on the cello, David Grogan singing baritone and Young Llerena on the piano. Both performances will be under the direction of Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities.

“As I have studied and rehearsed the Holocaust Cantata with the choir, I have begun to realize what a profound effect our performance can have on the student performers and the audience,” Kenaston-French said. “It is an extremely difficult subject, and the composer has done a wonderful job of setting these powerful, personal texts and tunes to music so that we hear the human beings behind them.”

The March 29 performance is set for 7:30 p.m. at Irons Recital Hall, 700 Greek Row Drive. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets can be purchased through the Department of Music website.

The April 15 performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1212 Thannisch Drive in Arlington. The free performance is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, and will be preceded by a Holocaust memorial observance, including Holocaust survivors.


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