Holocaust Remembrance and Related Work  

Alice Sherr
Alice Bacharach Sherr

Sherr is active as a composer of Holocaust remembrance music, lecturer on Holocaust music topics, producer of remembrance events, and Holocaust music educator. Performances and lectures have been given in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, England, Israel, New Zealand, and across North America. The poetry of Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs is featured in two of his compositions. A recent work, Sonata for Cello and Piano–Mir zaynen do!, integrates Holocaust songs from the partisans, ghettos, and camps. Sherr’s mother was Alice Bacharach Sherr (1931–2009), a Holocaust survivor from Germany; his concert and educational activities in the German town where his mother and her family were persecuted led to reconciliation and healing (see Duke Magazine profile).

Elliot Levine
Baritone Elliot Levine after premiering the ensemble version of Flame Language

Yad Vashem International Conference on Holocaust Education, 2012

Through international lectures about his music, Holocaust music topics, and the pedagogy he developed for teaching the Holocuast through music, Sherr is dedicated to fostering greater awareness and tolerance. His Music of Resistance and Survival Project, which features his cello sonata, connects audiences with the lost and forbidden voices of Holocaust song creators. He developed the global citizenship course “Music and the Holocaust” at Kennesaw State University, for which he compiled a list of reference materials at Resources: Music and the Holocaust.



Keynote address at Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, Recovering Forbidden Voices international conference, 2014
Holocaust Remembrance Works

Sonata for Cello and Piano–Mir zaynen do! (2014)

Flame Language for baritone (or mezzo/alto) and chamber ensemble (2008)

Flame Language for baritone and chamber orchestra (2007)

Fugitive Footsteps for baritone solo and mixed chorus (2002)

Elegy and Vision for solo cello (1993); version for solo viola (2000)

Works with Judaic/Yiddish elements
Doina and Dances Overture for orchestra (2015)

Midnight Dance for solo violin (2009)


Illuminations for orchestra: Mvt. III (Moonlight Dances) (1997)
Holocaust Concert Events: Producer, Co-producer, or Guest Artist

Songs of Identity and Survival: A Kristallnacht Remembrance
Wroclaw, Poland, 2015

Music of Resistance and Survival
Prague, Czech Republic, 2015

Remembering the Silenced Voices of Holocaust Song Creators: Weaving Songs of Resistance and Survival into a New Cello Sonata
Atlanta, USA, 2015

Favored and Forbidden Cello Recital
Lincoln, USA, 2015

Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert
Morning concert for students
Evening concert for the public
Atlanta, GA, 2015


A Holocaust Remembrance: Czech, Dutch, and American Chamber Music of Two Generations
Prague, Czech Republic, 2011

Abend der Erinnerung der Stolpersteingruppe Egelsbach
Egelsbach, Germany, 2009: Performance Pictures

Erinnerung: Geschichte und Musik
Seligenstadt, Germany, 2009

A Kristallnacht Commemoration
Atlanta, GA, 2002

Holocuast and Klezmer Lectures and Lecture-Recitals
Dr. Sherr's "Music at Auschwitz" and "Music at Theresienstadt" presentations are based on his on-site photo and video documentation and research, and include archival materials and interviews with survivors who performed in the camps. Other expertise includes "Music and Musicians Banned in the Nazi Era," "Holocaust Memorial Music," "Degenerate Music and Art," "Klezmer Music," and "Effective Strategies for Teaching Music and the Holocaust."
Lecture Descriptions

Upcoming Events
Lectures in New Zealand and Australia
May 2016

Lecture in Tampa/St. Petersburg, USA
summer 2016



Past Events

Pure vs. Degenerate: The Nazi War on Music
Molly Blank Jewish Concert Series – The Breman Museum, Atlanta, USA, 2016
Concert commentator with Arthur Fagan, Atlanta Opera Music Director
Concert page

"Remembering the Silenced Voices of Holocaust Song Creators: Weaving Songs of Resistance and Survival into a New Cello Sonata”
In-concert lecture-presentation, Wroclaw, Poland, and concert commentary, Prague, Czech Republic
November 2015

"Remembering the Silenced Voices of Holocaust Song Creators: Weaving Songs of Resistance and Survival into a New Cello Sonata”
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University Prague
Prague, Czech Republic
November 2015

"Remembering the Silenced Voices of Holocaust Song Creators: Weaving Songs of Resistance and Survival into a New Cello Sonata" included performances of Sherr's cello sonata and source songs
International Summit on Civil and Human Rights
Kennesaw State University
Atlanta, USA
October 2015

"Suppressed Music and Art during the Nazi Era"
International Club of Atlanta
Atlanta, USA
September 2015

"Suppressed Music and Art during the Nazi Era," lecture plus performance of Sherr's solo cello composition Elegy and Vision
    Harris Center for Judaic Studies Guest Lecture
"Music at Auschwitz: Aid to Survival or Dehumanizing Degradation?"
    School of Music Convocation
“An Introduction to klezmer and Gypsy Music, and their influence on Western Classical Music"
    The Jewish Federation of Lincoln
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, USA
January 2015

"Creating Connections to Forbidden Voices: Strengthening the Legacy of Music Related to the Holocaust through Composition and Education"
Keynote speech, and performance of 3 Sherr Holocaust memorial compositions
"Recovering Forbidden Voices: Responding to the Suppression of Music in World War Two" international conference
St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand, 2014
http://www.nzsm.ac.nz/events/conferences-and-seminars/mww2

"Suppressed Music and Art during the Nazi Era," lecture plus performance of Sherr's solo cello composition Elegy and Vision
Limmud NZ 2014: A Festival of Jewish Culture and Learning
Auckland, New Zealand, 2014

"A Musical Reflection of Sorrow, Redemption, and the Universal in Nelly Sachs' Poetry: Laurence Sherr's Holocaust Memorial Flame Language"
"Continuities and Ruptures: Artistic Responses to Jewish Migration, Internment and Exile in the Long Twentieth Century" international conference
University of Leeds, England, 2014
http://www.mmm.leeds.ac.uk/conference/conference-programme/

"Music at Auschwitz: Aid to Survival or Dehumanizing Degradation?"
Jewish Museum of Prague, Czech Republic, 2014

"A Musical Reflection on Sorrow, Redemption, and the Universal in Nelly Sachs' Poetry: Laurence Sherr's Holocaust Memorial Flame Language" lecture-presentation
Colloquium, XXIV. CZECH REPUBLIC FORFEST FESTIVAL 2013 - International Festival of Contemporary Arts with Spiritual Orientation
Kromeriz, Czech Republic, 2013
paper

“Gypsy and Klezmer Music"
Ulus Jewish School, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013

"Banned Music and Musicians in the Nazi Era," lecture plus performance of Sherr's solo cello composition Elegy and Vision
University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA, 2013
Composers who were declared "degenerate" and music that was banned by the Nazi regime will be the focus of Dr. Sherr's presentation. The event is produced in connection with the United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" on display at North Georgia University.

"'Degenerate Music': Banned Composers in the Nazi Era" Lecture-Recital, with violinist Jocelyn Adelman and pianist Amanda Halstead
Kristallnacht Commemoration Event, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2012
poster

"Teaching the Holocaust through the Lens of Music: Guiding Students to Historical Understanding, Cultural Awareness, and Greater Tolerance"
Eighth International Conference on Holocaust Education, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, 2012
photo


"Designing a College Course on Music and the Holocaust: Examining History through the Lens of Music to Achieve Global Learning Objectives"
College Music Society National Conference, Richmond, VA
, 2011

“Shoah Memorial Music: Historical Precedents and the Development of Laurence Sherr’s Work,” lecture plus performance of Sherr's solo cello composition Elegy and Vision
Jewish Museum of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011
poster

"Klezmer Music: History and Style" (lecture-performance with Oy Klezmer!)
Shearith Israel Synagogue, Atlanta, GA, 2011

"Cultural Control in Nazi Germany: Degenerate Art and Music", (Theater) Acting Styles class lecture
Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2011

"Music at Terezín"
Temple Beth-El, Birmingham, AL, 2011

“Nelly Sachs: Holocaust Poet and Nobel laureate”, concert commentary for Flame Language performances
   • Holocaust Remembrance Concert, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011
   • Friendship Presbyterian Church, Athens, GA, 2010
   • Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2008

“Nelly Sachs’ Poetry: Inspiration for Laurence Sherr’s Holocaust Memorial Compositions”, Contemporary (German) Culture class lecture
Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2010

“Gypsy and Klezmer Musical Styles, and their use in Western Classical Music”
   • Introduction to World Music class lecture, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2011, 2006
   • Art in Society class lecture, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2010

“Bacharach-Katz Familie Geschichte und das Holocaust denkmal Musik von Laurence Sherr” (“Bacharach-Katz Family History and the Holocaust Memorial Music of Laurence Sherr”), Holocaust memorial events
   • Abend der Erinnerung der Stolpersteingruppe Egelsbach, Egelsbach, Germany, 2009
   • Erinnerung: Geschichte und Musik, Seligenstadt, Germany, 2009

“Oy Klezmer!: A Composer-Theorist's Interdisciplinary Work Leads in Unexpected Directions”
College Music Society National Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2008

“Laurence Sherr’s Holocaust Commemorations: The Evolution of an Aesthetic”, pre-concert lecture
Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2008

“Oy Klezmer!: The Evolution of Klezmer Music in Europe and America”
Lecture-Performance for Kennesaw State University Sturgis Library “Let’s Talk About It!” book discussion program, Atlanta, GA, 2008

“Music and the Holocaust”
Summer Scholars Institute for Holocaust Study, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2008

“Composer Laurence Sherr’s Holocuast Commemorations”, featured dinner speaker for Museum of History and Holocaust Education event
Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2008

“A Musician’s Journey Home”
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta, GA, 2000

 
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