Pittsburgh Girls Choir Presents “Anne Frank: Hope and Remembrance” at Rodef Shalom

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Concert Commemorates Anne Frank’s 90th Birthday

“Anne Frank: Hope and Remembrance” will be presented in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. 

[PITTSBURGH, PA, April 23, 2019] Pittsburgh Girls Choir, in collaboration with Rodef Shalom Congregation and the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, will present a concert of “Hope and Remembrance,” marking the 90th anniversary of the birthday of Anne Frank on June 12 at Rodef Shalom. 

The centerpiece of the program, “Anne Frank: A Living Voice,” by Linda Tutas Haugen, is an eight-movement work composed for the voices of young women and string quartet, based on text drawn from The Diary of Anne Frank.

The program also includes music inspired by the poetry of Thomas á Kempis, Sara Teasdale, Christina Rossetti, and Victor Hugo, the Pirkei Avot, and Psalm 23. It concludes with Nancy Grundahl’s Hebrew Rounds for Peace, based on the folk songs and hymns “Shalom Chaverim,” “Lo Yissa Goy” and “Henay Ma Tov.”

 “The 90th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth is an appropriate time for us to reflect on the innocence and wonder and, candidly, the optimistic belief in the goodness of all people that this remarkable young woman possessed," said Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Frances F. & David R. Levin Senior Rabbinic Pulpit, Rodef Shalom Congregation. "It feels more clear than ever how much our world needs a vision and a voice such as Anne’s. May her optimism be a beacon of light for us and may her memory inspire us all.”  

Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather, Director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, said: “The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh is proud to support this beautiful celebration of Anne Frank’s life. Anne’s voice, one of six million silenced prematurely by the Nazis, carries through time and reminds us of what we are fighting for when we challenge the rise of modern-day antisemitism.”

Anne Frank was the youngest member of a family of German Jews who fled to Amsterdam on the rise of the Nazi Party to power in 1933. She has become perhaps the best-known and most recognizable of the victims of the Holocaust.

Born in 1929, her all-too-short life was lived almost entirely against the backdrop of nationalist hatred, violence, fear and war. And yet, for the young women of Pittsburgh Girls Choir, as for the many millions who have read or been touched by her story, it is the celebration of her life that is at least as important as the fact of her brutal death. 

As she herself wrote, “I lie in bed at night after ending my prayers with the words, 'Thank you God for all that is good and dear and beautiful’, and I'm filled with joy.  At such moments I don't think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains”.

Five days after the Pittsburgh concert, Pittsburgh Girls Choir will depart for a tour of Germany and The Netherlands. In Amsterdam, the girls of the choir will visit the Anne Frank House and the house of Corrie ten Boom, the author of The Hiding Place. On June 27, 2019 the choir will present the concert, including Haugen’s “Anne Frank: A Living Voice,” at the historic 17th-century English Reformed Church Amsterdam. 

Pittsburgh Girls Choir was founded by its Artistic Director, Kathryn Barnard, in 2005.  It is one of a small number of independent choirs for girls in the United States, being unaffiliated with any school, church or other institution.  In addition to public performance, Pittsburgh Girls Choir conducts an extensive range of musical education and outreach programs, as well as regular tours within the United States and abroad. 

Resources:

The Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Girls Choir

Rodef Shalom Congregation

The English Reformed Church Amsterdam

Contact:

Monte Bohna, Development and Marketing Coordinator

Pittsburgh Girls Choir

development@pghchoralarts.org

Rodef Shalom