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.
Gershon Willinger was born in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1942 to German-Jewish parents who were later murdered in Sobibor in July 1943. He was placed in hiding as a very young orphan. In 1944, as a two-year-old child, he was deported on a children’s transport to Bergen-Belsen and later to Theresienstadt where he was liberated in 1945. Gershon became a social worker and immigrated to Canada in 1977 from Israel.
Photo: Elliott Sylman
Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin is mara d’asra (senior rabbi) of Beth Avraham Yosef of Toronto Congregation (“The BAYT”). He received his rabbinic ordination from HaRav Y. Ruderman zt”l, of Ner Israel Rabbinic College. He has served pulpits in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Allentown, PA. Rabbi Korobkin holds a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Medieval Jewish and Islamic Thought from UCLA. He continues to pursue his studies in Jewish philosophy in Toronto. He is the translator and Annotator of the Feldheim edition of Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi’s Kuzari.
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”
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Help us create the 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.
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