Manhattan College's Holocaust Resource Center Presents 'Music Out of Opression'

Event features composer Ronald Senator, pianist Miriam Brickman and soprano Marni Nixon.

The Manhattan College Holocaust Resource Center will host a special program, Music Out of Oppression, on Monday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. The event, which is co-sponsored by the College’s department of fine arts, is free and open to the public. The program also commemorates Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is April 21.

Music Out of Oppression features composer and lecturer Dr. Ronald Senator, his wife, pianist Miriam Brickman, and soprano Marni Nixon. The night includes a discussion and presentation of examples from Senator’s Holocaust Requiem. Brickman and Nixon will perform piano pieces, soprano solos and cabaret songs written in or about the concentration camps.
 
Senator was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in the United States after the New York City premiere of Holocaust Requiem under composer Lukas Foss in 1990. He has composed six operas and musicals on texts by notable modern authors, including Anthony Burgess, Peter Porter and Ursula Vaughan Williams. Senator was a founding member of the Montserrat Composers’ Association for Sacred Music and the founding director of the National Association of Music Theatre in the United Kingdom.
 
Brickman is active throughout the world as a chamber musician and a soloist in many orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic and Brooklyn Philharmonic. She has performed in Town Hall, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, as well as elsewhere in the United States, England, France, Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Since 1991, she has been invited to Russia four times for solo, chamber and orchestral concerts, including several concerts that featured music by her husband.
 
Nixon’s career includes opera, chamber and symphony, oratorio soloist and Grammy-nominated recordings both popular and classical. She is the winner of four Emmys for best actress on her children’s TV show Boomerang, and she earned two Gold records for Songs From Mary Poppins and Mulan. Nixon was also the singing voice of Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn in the motion pictures and on the soundtracks of The King and I, An Affair to Remember and West Side Story.
 
For more information about this event, please contact Dr. Jeff Horn, director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Manhattan College, at (718) 862-7129 or jeff.horn@manhattan.edu.
 
The history of the Holocaust Resource Center dates back to 1996, when discussions among concerned faculty and administrators at the College and in the Riverdale community led to its founding with the mission to promote Catholic-Jewish dialogue and educate future generations about the Holocaust. The center inaugurated its Visiting Scholars Program the next year, and in 2006, an additional annual lecture was added to the series that focuses on genocides other than the Holocaust.
 
More information about the Holocaust Resource Center can be found on its Web site at home.manhattan.edu/holocaustcenter.