JAMES WHITBOURN’S ANNELIES:

A Holocaust Remembrance Concert

A Holocaust Remembrance Concert

Libretto by Melanie Challenger based on
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
with
Elizabeth Schleicher, soprano
and chamber ensemble

Sunday, April 23, 2017

7:30 p.m.
Temple Beth-El
305 West Madison Street
South Bend, Indiana

Sponsors

The Okon Family Endowment Fund for Holocaust Education at the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley and the Kurt and Tessye Simon Fund for Holocaust Remembrance.

Elizabeth Schleicher

Soprano

Elizabeth Schleicher, soprano
British composer James Whitbourn’s cantata, Annelies, is the first major choral setting of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”  It takes the teenager’s remarkable and penetrating observations, written while hiding in an Amsterdam attic, as the basis for its extraordinary and moving libretto.  Whitbourn’s music for this work has been described as “woundingly beautiful” (The Daily Telegraph).  He reflects sounds of the Westerkerk bells and tunes heard on the radio in the Annex, along with representations of Anne Frank’s Jewish and German heritage, details that add to a score “whose respectful understatement is its greatest strength” (The Times).

PROGRAM

James Whitbourn: Annelies
Judith Shatin: Adonai R’oi
David Zahavi, arr. Wayland Rogers: Eili, Eili
Kenneth Lampl: Dirshu Adonai

Elizabeth is the vocal coach for the Notre Dame Folk Choir. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she has kept busy singing and teaching throughout the Midwest. The daughter of a trumpet player and pianist, she has enjoyed a life full of music.

Elizabeth holds degrees in vocal performance from Otterbein University and Northwestern University. As a soloist, she has appeared in roles with Union Avenue Opera, Chicago Folks Operetta, the St. Louis Symphony, Westerville Symphony and Westerville Concert Band. She has also been a part of the chorus at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival Chorus and as a principal singer with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus.

Prior to moving to South Bend in 2011, she lived in St. Louis where she was a principal cantor at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, teaching cantor and voice classes through the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She is dedicated to helping singers of all levels find their voice and have a healthy singing voice for a lifetime.

Elizabeth is an adjunct voice faculty member at Saint Mary’s College and Indiana University South Bend. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband, exercising and trying new beers.

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