EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM Music by Mohammed Fairouz
Libretto by David Shapiro
About Eichmann in Jerusalem
EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM details the trial and demise of the infamous “architect of the Holocaust”. Following his abduction from Argentina to Israel, Eichmann stands trial before the people he aimed to wipe out. The court is confronted, to quote Hannah Arendt, with “a crime it could not find in the law books and with a criminal whose like was unknown in any court, at least prior to the Nuremberg Trials.” Eichmann in Jerusalem takes us on the journey of testimonies against a mass murderer from the perspectives of his victims and a court exacting and fulfilling the demands of justice in Jerusalem.
"Eichmann in Jerusalem" (excerpts)
South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, New York - March 2011
Performances by Ross Benoliel
Michael Katz (Cello), Sean Lee (Violin), Michelle Ross (Violin), Mary Yong (Viola)
Music Direction by Jody Schum
1961 newsreel about the trial of Adolf Eichmann.
About the Creators
MOHAMMED FAIROUZ (composer)
Straddling Eastern and Western idioms, Mohammed Fairouz, one of the most frequently performed composers of his generation, has emerged as a force on the musical scene. His music has been received at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center and internationally throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. He has received commissions from Musicians for Harmony, Northeastern University, the Imani Winds (Legacy Commission), the Cygnus Ensemble, Counter)induction, Alea III (Boston University), Alwan for the Arts and the Second Instrumental Unit among others. His music has been championed by some of today's foremost performers including the Borromeo and Lydian String Quartets, the Imani Wind Quintet, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the violinist James Buswell as well as the conductors Gunther Schuller, Joshua Jacobson, David Hoose, John Page and Yoon Jae Lee. Among the eminent singers that have promoted his wealth of vocal music are Kate Lindsey, D'Anna Fortunato, Lynn Torgove and Randall Scarlata. www.mohammedfairouz.com
DAVID SHAPIRO (librettist)
David Shapiro has written some twenty volumes of poetry, literary, and art criticism. He was first published at the age of thirteen, and his first book was published when he was just eighteen.David's grandfather was a cantor well known in the American Yiddish community. David has perfect pitch and is an accomplished violinist. (It's said he once played the violin for John Lennon.) His wife is an exhibition manager at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. David can often be seen at art galleries and museums, teaching, always teaching. Shapiro has taught at Columbia, Bard College, the Cooper Union, Princeton University, and William Paterson University.
March 20, 2011 The Great Room at South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217 Concert reading of opera excerpts Performances by Ross Benoliel Michael Katz (Cello), Sean Lee (Violin), Michelle Ross (Violin), Mary Yong (Viola)
Music Direction by Jody Schum