Seton Hill Presents “We Remember: A Concert to Celebrate the Inner Life of Anne Frank” 10/23
Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and the University’s Division of Visual and Performing Arts will host “We Remember: A Concert to Celebrate the Inner Life of Anne Frank” on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carol Reichgut Concert Hall in Seton Hill’s Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Ave., Greensburg, Pa. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert received funding through the Pennsylvania Council On The Arts, through its PA Partners in the Arts (PPA) regional partnership with Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.
The concert features Daphne Alderson, contralto, and Norma Meyer, piano, in a program that commemorates the 85th anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank. The program features “I Remember,” a contemporary cantata based on the descriptions of Anne's inner life as described in her extraordinary diary, which detailed her experiences as she and her family tried to escape capture by the Nazi regime.
“I Remember” was originally commissioned for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Chamber Music Series in 1996. It has been performed more than 50 times in the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and has been recorded on CD three times.
“Seton Hill’s presentation of ‘I Remember’ serves as an extraordinary example of the University’s commitment to Holocaust education, which dates back more than 25 years to the founding of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education,” said Mary C. Finger, Ed.D., Seton Hill President. “With the presentation of this premier concert, we honor and commemorate those lives lost in the Holocaust.”
“Anne Frank’s story is one that remains vitally important for the world to hear,” said Dr. Tim Crain, Director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill. “This remarkable concert will reveal Anne Frank’s thoughts and emotions through song and will connect the audience to her in a unique way. It will also serve as a reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust and the need to prevent genocide today and in the future.”
“Daphne Alderson and Norma Meyer are both talented artists who bring a depth to the piece ‘I Remember’ that will make the audience feel very much a part of Anne Frank’s world,” said Curt Scheib, Chair of the Seton Hill Division of Visual and Performing Arts. “We believe it is extremely important to bring this concert to the Seton Hill campus and to the Greensburg community to serve as a reminder of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust.”
Daphne Alderson’s diverse career as lyric contralto includes opera, cabaret, oratorio, and chamber music. She currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Voice and the current Director of Opera Workshop at Seton Hill University.
Ms. Alderson’s operatic roles include Mere Jeanne in Pittsburgh Opera’s acclaimed premiere of Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” Agnes in Microscopic Opera’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and Abby Borden in Thomas Albert’s “Lizbeth.” Most recently, she debuted the role of Helen Cooper in the World Premiere of Todd Goodman’s “Night of the Living Dead” at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh.
Recent projects include appearances at the Club Café, Whittaker Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisburg, opera outreach educational tours with the Pittsburgh Opera, Bricolage Theatre, IonSound Project and Chamber music at Chatham College with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Her repertoire includes Bach, Vivaldi, the chamber works of Schumann, Brahms and Mahler, Handel's “Messiah” and Mendelssohn's “Elijah.”
Pianist-conductor Norma Meyer has an active performing career. She is a founding member of Piano4, a four-piano quartet, and has toured with them throughout the United States since 2001. Tracks from their CD, “Piano4 Christmas,” have been aired nationally. Ms. Meyer has performed at the Honeywell Center in Wabash and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia for the past six years, as the resident pianist for the WaBASS programs, directed by her son, Ranaan Meyer. A respected collaborative pianist, her current work also includes performances with Ranaan, Nancy Stokking, Sarah Davis and Jonathan Beiler (Philadelphia Orchestra) in sonata and ensemble performances. Venues of recent seasons have included Verizon and Carnegie halls.
A former youth orchestra director, she continues her lifelong commitment to music education in outreach programs, as an accompanist and as a collaborative coach.