The Vancouver Academy of Music presents Renia Perel’s poignant musical drama about the holocaust, Songs of the Wasteland. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. Songs of the Wasteland is the personal narrative of Holocaust survivor and Vancouver resident, Renia Perel, who along with her older sister Henia were the only members of their family to escape the Holocaust.
2. The performance falls on the eve of UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which marks the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp and an annual commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
3. This concert will mark only the second time Songs of the Wasteland has been given a live performance.
4. The concert brings together Vancouver Academy of Music faculty members and some of Vancouver’s leading musicians, to pay tribute to the millions that were killed and lost.
5. In its first half, Songs of the Wasteland offers songs of remembrance for those who die, and the second half offers gratitude for those who rescued thousands of Jews during WWII.
Songs of the Wasteland plays the Koerner Recital Hall (1270 Chestnut St, Vancouver) on January 26. Tickets are available online. For more information on Songs of the Wasteland visit http://songsofthewasteland.com.