The Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience presents part two of its 2023 Music and Justice Series, Righteousness and Bravery: A Concert for Sugihara.
The concert will feature Symphony No. 6 "Vessels of Light," a major new work for cello, chorus, and orchestra by the acclaimed Soviet-born American composer Lera Auerbach. The work commemorates the heroism of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who clandestinely saved thousands of Jews during World War II from his post in Kaunas, Lithuania. This symphony is dedicated to Sugihara and to all those who risk everything to save others.
Featuring cello soloist Kristina Reiko Cooper with texts adapted from Yiddish poetry, the Symphony receives its West Coast premiere at this concert, preceded by a performance of Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony.
With the UCLA Chamber Singers and UCLA Philharmonia, conducted by Neal Stulberg.