The Silent Voices Project
Upcoming Concert

Sunday November 12th at 3pm
Hosted by Congregation Hakafa and Winnetka Congregational Church
725 Pine St, Winnetka IL
(Free admission)

Recent Concerts

November 2016 - Beth Avraham Yosef of Toronto (BAYT) Synagogue, Toronto Ontario
June 2016 - Beth Lida Synagogue, Toronto Ontario


Now booking 2017-2018 concert dates. Contact thesilentvoicesproject@gmail.com

The Silent Voices Project is designed to use the voices of contemporary children to recreate the voices of children silenced at the hands of the Nazis.

In the project, young composers have created string quartets and trios based on poetry written by children during the Holocaust. To date, the program includes composers from Toronto, Waterloo, Philadelphia, and Cleveland.

Compositions for this concert are performed by the Ton Beau String Quartet.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Dr. Zachary Ebin has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, and Israel. Having recently completed his PhD at York University, Zachary’s research interests include music education, music cognition and perception, and discovering forgotten composers. Active as a music educator, Zachary is a member of the faculty at Etobicoke Suzuki Music. Additionally, he serves as music director of Arco Violini, an advanced student ensemble that performs throughout Ontario. In high demand as a guest clinician Zachary has taught and lectured all over North America at conferences, institutes, and workshops. To learn more about Zachary Ebin please visit www.zacharyebin.com.

Ton Beau String Quartet

Based in Toronto, the Ton Beau String Quartet has performed at Maureen Forester Hall, the Toronto Music Garden, the Dinkelspiel Auditorium, the KWCS Music Room, the Toronto Music Gallery and Rolston Hall, at the Banff Centre. The quartet has also enjoyed several successful collaborations including with folk band The Kruger Brothers, Afiara Quartet, Spectrum Music, pianist David Braid and the Iranian Composers of Toronto (ICOT). The TBSQ’s own series, Ton Beau Concerts, has included performances with prominent Canadian artists including pianist Peter Longworth, clarinetist Peter Stoll, and members of the Cecilia String Quartet.

Narrator

At age four, Doris (Warschawski) Fogel left Berlin with her mother in 1939, and arrived as “Stateless Refugees” in Shanghai, China where they spent the next eight years in internment camps in the Hongkew Ghetto. Doris has told her story in schools across the US, was on the speaker’s bureau of the Jewish Federations of America, and the featured speaker at the Illinois Holocaust Commemoration at the Illinois State House in 2014, and is a speaker at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Centre,. After two terms as President of Congregation Achduth Vesholom, in Ft. Wayne, IN. and the Executive Director of the Ft. Wayne Jewish Federation, Doris retired in 2013. She was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, by the Governor for her volunteer service throughout Indiana.

Address

Rabbi Bruce Elder hails from Youngstown, Ohio and holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology with certification in Jewish Studies from Indiana University. After working to empower Chicago’s diverse communities with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), he entered Hebrew Union College and was ordained in 1996. He served as an assistant rabbi for a congregation in Cherry Hill, New Jersey before moving back to Chicago in 1999. Rabbi Elder served as associate rabbi of Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, IL and with JCUA until assuming the position of Rabbi at Hakafa in 2002. Rabbi Elder currently sits on the boards of Common Cause IL and Second Nurture and lives in Highland Park, IL with his wife, Rona, and their three sons, Joshua, Noah, and Eli.

The Composers

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Daniel Esser

Daniel plays in ensembles, string quartets and solo through the Etobicoke Suzuki Music School and Orchestra Toronto. He recently did a concert tour of China with students from across Canada. Daniel began composing three years ago.
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Liam Cummins

Liam Cummins studies music composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and studies piano, cello and organ. Liam loves playing music by the world’s great musicians and also improvising in the classical style. Follow his music blog These 88 Keys.
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Jonah Thiessen

Jonah began playing violin at age 4 with the Etobicoke Suzuki Music school, and has been playing in groups, orchestras, and quartets ever since. He is the concertmaster of his school’s Senior Strings, and a member of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Kai Rousseau

Kai Rousseau has been playing violin since the age of 4. A student of Dr. Zachary Ebin, Kai plays first violin with the Mooredale Youth Orchestra and has been a member of Arco Violini. He is passionate about playing music and choosing challenging pieces.
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Sean Wilson

Sean Wilson, attends the Etobicoke School of the Arts, and has written music since childhood, leaving traces of his creativity wherever he composed. His song, based on the poem, “Forgotten”, conveys the strength of the human spirit.
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Arie van de Ven

Arie van de Ven is a student at Wilfrid Laurier University where he studies Composition. He has scored films featured in festivals across Ontario and the US and worked on theatre productions. Arie is currently working on a short opera with artist Erika Verhagen.
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Anagha Kapsi

Anagha Kapsi studies violin with Ms. Julie Murphy Ruiz at the Suzuki Academy, Music School of Delaware. She loves composition, art, theatre, making movies and science. In May, she will perform at Carnegie Hall with students from her music school.
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Thomas Mitchinson

Thomas Mitchinson has been playing violin and piano since he was three. He is a violin student of Zachary Ebin and a piano student of Hana Gurtlerova and is entering his second year with Arco Violini. Thomas began experimenting with composition last year.
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Adah Kaplan

Adah Kaplan is a violinist and composer from Philadelphia, who started playing at the age of 4. Adah plays in three orchestras, sings in a choir and sang in Philadelphia’s 2015 Annual Memorial for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs. Photo: Elise Cellucci Photography.
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Damiano Perrella

Damiano Perrella, a student of Zachary Ebin, has been playing violin for seven years and composing for four years. He has performed at the Belfountain Music Festival, is the concertmaster of his high school’s Symphony Orchestra and a member of Arco Violini.
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Zach Fischer

Zach Fischer is a multi-instrumentalist and composer and is one of the leading young guitarists in the Philadelphia area. He is a member of the highest level of the elite Kimmel Center Creative Music Program, an ensemble for young jazz musicians in the Philadelphia area.
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Amanda Li

Amanda Li attends the Etobicoke School of the Arts strings program, has played piano for eight years and studies violin at the Miles Nadal JCC Suzuki Program. She has participated in numerous chamber groups and orchestras, and has experimented with different genres of composition.
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Joshua Holme

Joshua Holme is an aspiring conductor and currently scores local student films along with releasing his own works. His work is generally rooted in ambient and minimalist music while remaining in touch with western musical aesthetics.
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Jack Liu

Jack Liu has been playing the violin since the age of 6, and piano since the age of 7. He plays in orchestras, ensembles and chamber groups, and will represent Toronto in the Ontario Music Festival Association in Peterborough next month.
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Jasper Bickers

Jasper Bickers is a composer-lyricist from Chicago. He has written one musical and is working on his second. He also has performed in several choirs and orchestras. He currently studies at Merit School of Music and with Jennifer Swain.