Holocaust Remembrance Day

Courtesy of Michael Tilson Thomas

Before stepping down 10 months ago at age 75, the San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS) Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) owned the longest active tenure of any music director of a major American orchestra; he’d held the position since 1995. Though he’s played piano, composed, and conducted at an elite level since his teenage years, Tilson Thomas has always been more than the classical music wunderkind who grew up to become the great maestro. There was a piece of himself he’d inherited, a piece that hadn’t necessarily been ignored but hadn’t been foregrounded in his work either.

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I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Philadelphia composer and cantor Charles Davidson, is a setting of poems by children imprisoned in Theresienstadt; only 100 of the 15,000 children there survived. I Never Saw Another Butterfly has received more than 4,000 performances throughout the world, and is the subject of two PBS documentaries: The Journey of Butterfly and Butterfly Revisited.

April 4, 2021. Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 8th, so this week we turn to the music of 20th-century, Bohemian-born composer Walter Kaufmann, who wrote most of his works in exile, having escaped the Nazi persecution of the Jews.

Never Forget: Music for Yom HaShoah on WRTI 90.1

May 1, 2019

WRTI will honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and join with those in our community who remember them, with special programming on May 1st and 2nd.

WRTI honors the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and joins with those in our community who remember them, with special music on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Thursday, April 12, starting at 10 am.

On June 10th, 1942, Nazis swept in and obliterated the village outside of Prague. They killed the men, sent the women and most of the children to concentration camps, and burnt or leveled the entire town—even the cemetery.

WRTI will honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and join with those in our community who remember them, with special programming throughout the day.

Listen in the 2 pm hour for Martinu's Memorial to Lidice. WRTI's Kile Smith has the story here.