Annelies: Based on the Diary of Anne Frank

February 25, 2017; 7:30pm
Matthew Mehaffey, conducting the MCP
Rodef Shalom Congregation

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank (1929-1945)

Hear the innocence and hope in young Anne Frank’s words in Annelies, a full choral work by British composer James Whitbourn with libretto compiled by Melanie Challenger from The Diary of A Young Girl. Soprano soloist Amelia D’Arcy, the Mendelssohn Choir, and instrumentalists give voice to the girl whose emotional story has inspired millions and who remains the most well-known heroine of the Holocaust. Devastatingly beautiful, the music captures Anne’s youthful innocence amid unthinkable hardship.

The World Premiere of the full Annelies was given in April, 2005 by Leonard Slatkin with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, London. The chamber version premiered four years later in 2009 in The Hague, The Netherlands. This performance of Annelies will be the Pittsburgh premiere.

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