“When words are no longer adequate, when our passion is greater than we are able to express in a usual manner, that’s when art begins.   Some people go to the canvas and paint; some dance and others make music.  But we all go beyond our normal means of communication; and this IS the common human experience for all people on this planet.”

                       Murry Sidlin



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time:  8:00 p.m.

Boston Symphony Hall

Orchestra of Terezín Remembrance

Tanglewood Festival Chorus


Monday, March 9, 2015

Time:  8:00 p.m.

Lincoln Center, NYC

Orchestra of Terezín Remembrance

The Collegiate Chorale

Presented by The Defiant Requiem Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York, and Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Civic Center Music Hall

Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Canterbury Choral Society


Saturday, April 18, 2015

VanTrease Performing Arts Center

         for Education

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Signature Symphony at TCC


Thursday, May 7th, 2015

San Diego

Stay tuned for more details...


Coming Soon:  Details on future performances.

For further information on The Defiant Requiem Foundation, The Rafael Schächter Institute of the Arts and Humanities at Terezin or Murry Sidlin, please also see

Thank you for visiting my site where you can find out more about the “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” Concert Drama and the Illuminations Concerts.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to learn about “Defiant Requiem”, a project close to my heart. I am proud and humbled to be at the forefront of telling the story of these courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who learned Verdi’s Requiem Mass by rote and then performed it 16 times as a statement of defiance and resistance, answering the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.  I know you will find Defiant Requiem Story enlightening and inspiring.

If you are interested in bringing Defiant Requiem, the Concert Drama, to your area or presenting one of the many Illumination Concerts, please contact me at or

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NEW:  Concert-Drama By Murry Sidlin, “Hours of Freedom: The Terezin Composer”

The Defiant Requiem Foundation is pleased to announce the preview of Murry Sidlin's new concert-drama, Hours of Freedom: The Terezín Composer. Showcasing music by fifteen composers imprisoned in Terezin during WWII, Hours of Freedom combines video, music and narrative to highlight works by Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, Zikmund Schul, Pavel Haas and Rudolf Karel among others. Building on the themes of Defiant Requiem, “Hours of Freedom” explores the sustenance that music provided in the camp. This music was often the last composed by these gifted artists -- many of whom were in their 20s and 30s when they perished. The compositions portray the agony and suffering of camp life along with the inspiration and revelation that comes through music. “Hours of Freedom” will be performed for the first time on Sunday, February 22 at 3 p.m. in a workshop format at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact Louisa Hollman at 202-244-0220 or by email at

The World premier of “Hours of Freedom: The Terezin Composer” will take place in Terezin, Czech Republic on May 17th, 2015.

For more information and to read the Defiant Requiem Foundation September 2014 Newsletter:

Defiant Requiem Foundation Newsletter


March 4, 2014

Konzerthaus Berlin

Presented by the Jewish Museum Berlin

Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Choir of the Junges Ensemble Berlin and the

Vokalakademie Berlin


For articles and reviews see the “Reviews/Quotes” page at Sidlin Reviews/Quotes

or read the latest articles and reviews on the website Press & Reviews


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Music Center at Strathmore

North Bethesda, MD

Orchestra of Terezin Remembrance

The City Choir of Washington


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Popejoy Hall, The University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The University of New Mexico Concert Choir, University Chorus and the UNM Symphony Orchestra


“Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance”  nominated for 2 Emmys!

"The Defiant Requiem Foundation and Stuart E. Eizenstat, Chair of the Board of Directors, are proud to announce that the feature-length documentary film “Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance” has been nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for two News and Documentary Emmy Awards: Outstanding Historical Documentary Long Form and Outstanding Writing.

To read more about it:

From the Oregon Music News