“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



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time:  7:30 p.m.

VanTrease Performing Arts Center

         for Education

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Signature Symphony at TCC


Monday, April 27, 2015 - RESCHEDULED

Time:  8:00 p.m.

Boston Symphony Hall

Orchestra of Terezín Remembrance

Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Click HERE for ticket information


Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Jacobs Music Center/Copley Symphony Hall

San Diego, CA

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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 rescheduled date for



Sunday, March 29

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Workshop Performance, Discussion Session and Light Refreshments


The Woman's Club of Chevy Chase

7931 Connecticut Avenue

Chevy Chase, Maryland


Parking lot available behind the building


Murry Sidlin's new concert-drama Hours of Freedom: The Terezín Composer showcases music by fifteen composers imprisoned in Terezin during the WWII.   Hours of Freedom combines video, music and narrative to highlight works by Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, Zigmund 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.  


Admission is free and seating is open but please send an email to

Leslie Clesner at to reserve a place.

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

Questions? Please call The Defiant Requiem Foundation at 202-244-0220.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Time:  3:00 p.m.

Civic Center Music Hall

Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Canterbury Choral Society

Review from The Oklahoman 4/14/2015

Rick Rogers

“...cast a popular masterpiece in a different guise, and its familiar traits suddenly strike the listener in unexpected ways.  Canterbury Choral Society proved that notion in dramatic fashion with its season finale, a highly charged and emotional performance of the “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin.  The audience still heard Verdi’s magnum opus, but once they learned about the events that inspired this performance, the work took on greater resonance and power.... One could cite numerous highlights in this concert... But it was the cumulative effect of those moments, from the introspective to the rafter-shattering, that resonated most powerfully. And while the definition of “Requiem” is a memorial for the dead, this was a performance that could only be considered life-affirming.

For complete Review click here.


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.

Review from NY Times 3/11/2015

...“Defiant Requiem,” a poignant multimedia tribute to Schächter, who along with most of his choir died in captivity, was created by the conductor Murry Sidlin, incorporating Verdi’s work and having its premiere in Oregon in 2002. Mr. Sidlin led a performance by the Orchestra of Terezin Remembrance and the Collegiate Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall on Monday evening.... “Defiant Requiem” can be seen as...: a monument to the courage of one man to foster hope among prisoners with little other solace...”

For complete review:  click here


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


The Terezin Legacy: University Residency Program

Established in 2014 with a generous grant from Gretchen M. Brooks, the Residency Program provides grants of up to $20,000 to schools and departments of music at outstanding North American colleges and universities to bring The Terezin Legacy to their campus.  Events include a live performance of concert/drama, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin, a screening of the documentary film Defiant Requiem and panel discussions to explore the Terezin Paradigm.

For more information please go to the site below:

Defiant Requiem Foundation