“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


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time:  8:00 p.m.

St. Louis Symphony

St. Louis, MO


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

Welcome to my website


NEW:  Please click the link below to see Murry Sidlin talk about his friend and mentor, Sergiu Comissiona.

Cecilia Burcescu, author of the new authorized biography of Sergiu Comissiona, “A Romanian Rhapsody”, interviewed Maestro Sidlin when he was in Vancouver for the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival where the documentary, “Defiant Requiem” was being presented.  “What a pleasure it was to talk with her about the great conductor, Sergiu Comissiona.  I hope you enjoy the interview.”

Interview with Murry Sidlin on Sergiu Comissiona


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 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, 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