Church concert to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day
First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, 302 N. Dunton Ave., will offer a concert for International Holocaust Remembrance Day at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27.
Chamber orchestra, directed by Adam Hendrickson, director of Music and Worship at First Presbyterian, and soprano soloist Megan Hendrickson, will present Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3, the Symphony of Sorrowful Souls.
The symphony has three movements and was composed by Górecki in Katowice, Poland, between October and December 1976.
The soprano soloist sings Polish texts in each of the three movements. The first is a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus; the second a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II; and the third is a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son killed by the Germans in the Silesian uprising.
The dominant themes of the symphony are motherhood, despair and suffering.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day that commemorates the victims of the Holocaust. The date was chosen based on when Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp, was liberated in 1945.
The concert is free and open to the public; a freewill offering will be received.
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