24 Apr - 26 Apr 2020
 Cancelled
Archived
WPWorld premiere
NNew production
DBDouble/Triple bill
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Languages:  EnglishSurtitles:   English
Apr'20242526
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Venue details

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Full Production Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew

Conductor
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Chorus
Indianapolis Children's Choir
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Brundibár (Tobias Ragg)
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Katze (Cat)
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Spatz (Sparrow)
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Hund (Dog)
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Others

Mezzo-soprano Soloist (Vedem)
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Tenor Soloist (Vedem)
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About the work

Vedem starts with Jewish Czech children being transported to Terezín, fearing this strange place far away from home. Soon young boys in a makeshift home find their place and decide to create a secret magazine called Vedem. Persistent rumors, illness, hunger, and toilsome labor are part of daily life, but the children find an escape through their illustrations, stories, and poems. Later in June 1944, officials from the International Red Cross are led on a tour through Terezín. What these representatives do not realize is that the visit has been highly scripted featuring performances of Krása’s Brundibar and the Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi. In Brundibar, the story focuses on the struggle of two siblings – Annette and Little Joe – who are trying to help their sick mother. The kids notice that a boisterous organ grinder Brundibar makes money by playing his music, and try to do so themselves. But Brundibar feels that they are moving in on his turf and scares them away. Annette and Little Joe are downhearted when three helpful animals come to encourage them in their fight by organizing all the kids in town to join their performance the next day. The following morning, the kids form a choir and sing a charming lullaby that wins the hearts and money of the adults in town. Little Joe and Annette, now having the money they need and putting the bully Brundibar in his place, are victorious and lead a rousing march to conclude the opera. At the conclusion of the opera, the SS end their visit with the Red Cross. Their mission to fool the international community is successful, and the children in Terezín – who had been protected from deportation – are gradually sent east where they face certain extermination. In the final movement, the chorus of ghostly voices implore the audience to hear their story, find their shared humanity, and remember the names of those who went on into oblivion. The oratorio and opera have been newly arranged with the help of Lori Laitman. The first half of Vedem and Act I of Brundibar will be presented, followed by intermission. The second act of our program resumes at the Brundibar ‘Serenade,’ its Act II, and the final movements of Vedem.
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