<h2>Education</h2>The Defiant Requiem Foundation’s educational website is designed to explore the role of the arts and human rights at Terezín and its contemporary significance.  It includes two complimentary sets of comprehensive lesson plans – the set first focuses on the role of the arts at Terezín and the other set examines the historic and current role of human rights in conflict resolution. <h2>DEFIANT REQUIEM: A Documentary Honoring the Prisoners of Terezín</h2>The Defiant Requiem Foundation, in partnership with Emmy Award winning filmmakers Partisan Pictures, has produced Defiant Requiem, a moving documentary that tells the inspirational story of how and why conductor Rafael Schächter recruited a chorus of one hundred fifty fellow Terezín prisoners and taught them the powerful and enormously demanding Verdi Requiem by rote. They answered the worst of mankind with the best of mankind. <h2>The Terezín Legacy: University Residency Program</h2>Established in 2014 with a generous grant from Gretchen M. Brooks, the Residency Program provides grants of up to $20,000 to schools and departments of music at outstanding North American colleges and universities to bring The Terezín Legacy to their campus. Events include a live performance of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, a screening of the documentary film Defiant Requiem and panel discussions to explore the Terezín paradigm. <h2>The Foundation</h2>The Defiant Requiem Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Murry Sidlin, distinguished conductor, educator and artistic innovator. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of the prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II, who, despite monumental suffering, disease and the constant presence of death, found hope and inspiration in the arts and humanities. <h2>The Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities</h2>Located in the Czech Republic and named after the conductor of the Verdi Requiem performances in Terezín during World War II, The Rafael Schächter Institute is dedicated to perpetuating the arts and humanities as practiced by the prisoners of Terezín. The Institute hosts events each summer to replicate the prisoners’ performances, lectures, forums and cabaret re-creations. <h2>The Live Performance</h2>Created by Maestro Sidlin, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín features a full performance of Giuseppe Verdí's Requiem Mass.  The concert/drama includes actors, historic film clips, interviews and original chorus members who tell the full, impassioned story of why these Jewish prisoners, who faced death every day, chose to learn and perform the Verdi Requiem during their darkest hours.

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín Music Center at Strathmore

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8pm.
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