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Kristallnacht and our kids

This weekend wcfsymphony participates in a truly remarkable event in Cedar Falls: A collaboration between six organizations and over 200 individualsĀ (more than half of them students) commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Our kaleidoscopic program weaves together music, imagery, and dramatic reading of eyewitness accounts, highlighting not only the shocking depravity of Nazi racism and brutality but also the resilience of the human spirit and the value of art as a response to history.

One of the many themes featured in Sunday’s presentation is the experience of young people during the events of 1938 and after. Bringing that experience to life for students in our own community has been a priority for us since the inception of this program and led to the formation of a school student choir to join the Metropolitan Chorale and Wartburg Choir in Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn.

Earlier this week students from Hoover Middle School in Waterloo went on air at KBBG to talk about their preparation for Sunday’s performance:

Needless to say, hearing these young people reflect on what they’re learning makes us incredibly proud to be a co-presenter of this project along with our neighbors at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. We hope you will join us for the culmination of the work these bright young musicians – and many other local artists – have been devoting to Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass.