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.
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.
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.
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.
Arie van de Ven
Quartet of the Ghetto by Adah Kaplan, based on the poem “An Evening in Terezin”
Composition by Liam Cummins, based on the Poem “The Butterfly”
Support The Silent Voices Project
Get the Silent Voices CDAfter two succesful concerts, we are eager to expand beyond our local audiences. To achieve this goal, we are excited to produce an audio recording of both the poetry and the musical compositions. This CD will allow a far greater audience to appreciate the work of these young composers, and will also be utilized as an educational tool for Holocaust and music educators.
The CD is now in the final stages of production and will be available for purchase soon!
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The Silent Voices Project is in it's early stages, but plans are underway to continue and develop this exciting initiative. Please consider donating to help us continue our work. Donations of $50 or more will be listed in our program. We are thankful for all donations and support. (While we are working to become a registered charity, we do not currently hold charitable status and unfortunately cannot issue tax receipts at this time.)