The Atlantic Jewish Council

Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem

Dalhousie Collegium Cantorum and Nova Sinfonia presents:

Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem

Monday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.

Faith Tabernacle, 6225 Summit Street, Halifax

Tickets: $25 regular /$20 for students available at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts, from choristers, online at, or at the door.

During World War II, Jewish prisoners at the Terezin concentration camp undertook an astonishing task: to perform Verdi’s Requiem within the confines of the camp. With only a single score, conductor Raphael Schaechter taught the entire work to willing participants by rote. There was no way of knowing who would be shipped off to other concentration camps (and certain death). Newcomers to Terezin meant that learning was difficult and ongoing. From a starting choir of 160 members, Schaechter undertook the performances with only 50 choristers.

It is to the memory of these courageous performers from Terezin Concentration Camp that Dalhousie Collegium Cantorum and Nova Sinfonia dedicate this performance of Verdi’s 1874 Requiem. Joining the choir, orchestra and conductor Gary Ewer are soloists Lindsay Heyland (soprano), Lucy Hayes Davis (contralto), Jason Davis (tenor) and Jon-Paul Decosse (bass-baritone).

Dalhousie Collegium Cantorum is a 90-voice community choir, directed by Gary Ewer, and accompanied by Tara Scott. Nova Sinfonia was founded in 1995. Members include talented amateur and professional musicians from the Maritimes who play for the sheer joy of the experience.

1 Comment

  1. Michael Steinitz on March 28, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    The Red Cross inspected the camp and reported on a dining hall with good food and a symphony orchestra. Shortly after the performance of Verdi’s requiem all the members of the orchestra were transported to Auschwitz, where they perished.
    My grandparents were murdered at Theresienstadt/Terezin.

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