HOUSTON (Oct. 12, 2010) – The variety of ways in which the memory of the Holocaust is represented in memorials and monuments will be the focus of an Oct. 26 lecture featuring Holocaust memory expert Dr. James Young.
Dr. James Young
The lecture, sponsored by the Houston Symphony and Holocaust Museum Houston, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Brown Auditorium Theater, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in the Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.
Young is professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a former juror for the World Trade Center Site Memorial. In 1997, Young was appointed by the Berlin Senate to the five-member Findungskommission for Germany’s national “Memorial to Europe’s Murdered Jews,” dedicated in 2005.
He has also consulted with Argentina’s government on its memorial to the desaparacidos, as well as with numerous city agencies on their memorials and museums.
Most recently, he was appointed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to the jury for the World Trade Center Site Memorial competition.
Young will discuss the variety of ways in which the memory of the Holocaust is represented in memorials and use slides to illustrate numerous examples.
Young’s lecture is being presented in conjunction with the presentation of Kaddish “I Am Here,” the world premiere of the full orchestra version of an hour-long choral symphony for orchestra, chorus and soloists, whose libretto is fashioned from the testimony of the survivors of the Holocaust. Kaddish ”I Am Here” tells their stories in their own words, providing a window into their lives, allowing listeners to share their experience directly.
Presented at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2010, at Jones Hall by the Houston Symphony and Holocaust Museum Houston, Kaddish, by New Hampshire composer Dr. Lawrence Siegel, tells the story of the heroic journey of Holocaust survivors – including Houstonians Celina Fein, Walter Kase, Bill Morgan and Naomi Warren – using their personal testimony as the text and framework for this engaging performance.
A special matinee performance will be given at 10 a.m. the same day for students and educators. More than 2,400 students from Houston-area schools will see the matinee performance courtesy of the Houston Endowment. Other lead sponsors for the event include UBS, the global financial services firm, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Jewish Herald-Voice is serving as media sponsor for the event.
For more information about Kaddish, visit http://www.kaddishproject.org. For ticket information or group sales to the Nov. 23 performance, call 713-224-7575 or visit http://www.houstonsymphony.org.
About Holocaust Museum Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other
genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.
About the Houston Symphony
The Houston Symphony has played a central role in Houston’s cultural and civic life since 1913. Each year, the Houston Symphony performs more than 170 concerts for approximately 350,000 people, featuring an innovative and broad spectrum of classical, popular, education and community-based symphonic programming. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.