From Darkness to Light: Diary of Anne Frank by Grigori Frid

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Sat, 04/09/2011 - 7:30pm

Catlin Gabel is a proud supporter of this Portland Chamber Orchestra concert

Our own theater director Robert Medley is stage directing, and his theater tech students are the road crew! The 8th grade curriculum connects with the theme. The Middle School art exhibition in the Cabell Center features guest artists and their Holocaust-related work.

The performance speaks of man’s inhumanity to man, and propels us on a musical journey from the darkest depths of the human psyche to the highest plain of hope, dignity, and joy.

The Saturday program opens with a one-act opera, The Diary of Anne Frank by Grigori Frid, with Ani Maldjian singing the title role. “An emotional and technical tour de force. . . Ani Maldjian is commanding and brilliant, fresh and strong from beginning to end." – LA Times. The Portland Symphonic Girlchoir is also featured.

The concert concludes with the Symphony No. 7 in A Major by Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most exquisite — and joyous — symphonies, which was proclaimed by the composer himself as “one of (his) very best!”

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