Music of Remembrance concert features Eaglen

To celebrate its 10th season, Music of Remembrance, the chamber music organization dedicated to remembering Holocaust musicians and their art, is presenting a concert featuring a performance by world-renowned soprano Jane Eaglen.

The 10th season Gala Concert to commemorate the 69th anniversary of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass,” begins at 4 p.m. Sunday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. General admission is $36, available by calling 206-365-7770, faxing orders to 206-985-6924 or online at www.musicofremembrance.org.

“I know this season will be MOR’s most memorable one so far,” director Mina Miller said in a statement.

Eaglen will give her second-ever performance of Thomas Pasatieri’s song cycle “Letter to Warsaw.” This MOR-commissioned work is based on the poetry of Polish cabaret artist Pola Braun, who was murdered at the Majdanek concentration camp. It details one woman’s account of life in the grip of the Holocaust.

The concert also presents the premiere of “Jeanette and Rudolf,” a chamber piece composed by Seattle Symphony music director Gerard Schwarz in memory of his Viennese grandparents who died during the Holocaust.

Also, bassist Gary Karr has stepped out of retirement to perform Ernest Bloch’s soulful “Prayer.”

Double feature: The Double Feature Series at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is back.

The new season kicks off with the first double feature — a movie and a concert in one night — of the film “Music from the Inside Out,” and a concert by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Leading the orchestra is Judy Geist on viola, who divides her time between Philadelphia and Whidbey Island.

In “Music from the Inside Out,” musicians tell the story themselves without the aide of a host or narrator. Film-maker Daniel Anker has called it a “musical essay,” with his hope being that the film’s everyman quality appeals to people from all walks of life.

The film will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and the concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. at WICA, 565 Camano Ave., Langley. Cost for the film is $5; the concert is $20-$30. Call the WICA box office at 360-221-8268, or 800-638-7631 or visit www.WICAonline.com.

Garden music Skagit Valley Gardens will be a central location to tune into the holiday spirit during its 10th annual Holiday open house “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” from 5 to 8 tonight and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the gardens, 18923 Johnson Road, Mount Vernon.

Live music will be provided by local musician Marcia Kester. There also will be refreshments and door prizes. The gardens include thousands of designer ornaments, theme trees, unique gifts and stocking stuffers. The event is free.

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