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Jacaranda Concert In Santa Monica Saturday To Observe Kristallnacht Anniversary

Posted Nov. 4, 2013, 9:17 am

Mitch James / Mirror Contributor

The second concert of Jacaranda's new Santa Monica season this Saturday night will observe the 75th anniversary of the infamous Kristallnacht, Nov. 9, 1938, when Jewish business, temples, schools, hospitals and homes were systematically vandalized, damaged or destroyed across Nazi Germany and parts of Austria.

Some 90 Jews were killed and 30,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps between Nov. 9 and 10th.

The 8 pm concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica will travel musically from the Jewish quarter (Samuel Adler’s Klezmer Fantasy” for solo clarinet) to Hollywood (Eric Zeisl’s “Hebrew Requiem”) via trains across the U.S. and Europe (Steve Reich’s Different Trains for string quartet and pre-recorded tracks).

Along the way, the Jacaranda Chamber Singers will perform two brief unaccompanied choral works about peace and endurance (Arnold Schoenberg’s “Friede auf Eden” and “De Profundis”).

To be performed under the baton of Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda’s music director and resident conductor, Zeisl’s 1944 requiem, with soloists, chorus and orchestra, was the first musical work to commemorate the holocaust.

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica is located at 1220 2nd Street, Santa Monica.

Concert tickets, $45 general; $20 students.

For more information, visit or call 213.483.0216.

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