Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

2008 European Tour - To Be Certain of the Dawn

To Be Certain of the Dawn - European Tour

“To Be Certain of the Dawn,” by composer Stephen Paulus and librettist Michael Dennis Browne, was premiered in 2005 by the Rev. Michael J. O'Connell of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis to celebrate two important events – the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the death camps at the end of World War II and the 40th anniversary of the Vatican II document that condemned blaming Jews for the death of Christ.  Rooted in themes and subjects of mutual interest to the Jewish and Christian faith communities, the oratorio pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and honors survivors and their descendants.

Performance at St. John's Abbey Church

The work was commissioned in 2001 by Rev. Michael J. O'Connell of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis and celebrates two important anniversaries:

  • The 60th anniversary of the liberation of the death camps at the end of World War II
  • The 40th anniversary of the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate (Latin for "In Our Times"), which condemned blaming Jews for the death of Christ.

Rooted in themes and subjects of mutual interest to the Jewish and Christian faith communities the 2005 world premiere was within one week of the annual commemoration of Kristallnacht, the beginning of open hostility to Jews in Germany.  The oratorio pays tribute to those who lost their lives and honors Holocaust survivors and their descendants.


Three universities bring Holocaust oratorio to community, world

Local premiere of oratorio tonight

Students head to Europe for Holocaust study tour

Musicians to premiere Holocaust oratorio in Europe

European Tour delivers gift

European Tour returns

 

Performance at Ritsche Auditorium

St. Cloud Times Slideshow

Minnesota Orchestra Records Holocaust Oratorio

MPR Audio Interview

Small Bytes Podcast with Joseph Edelheit and Lee Nelson

The concentration camp:

http://www.struthof.fr/en/home/

http://www.memorial-alsace-moselle.com/f/index2.html

Cultural sites we visited:

http://www.xanten.de/

http://www.musee-bartholdi.com/

http://www.bergbaumuseum.de/start.html

http://www.koelner-dom.de/

http://www.kunstsammlung.de/

http://www.goethe-museum.com/

The cities we visited:

http://www.duesseldorf.de/de/

http://www.ville-colmar.fr/

http://www.strasbourg.fr/accueil

http://www.freiburg.de/servlet/PB/menu/-1/index.html

http://www.basel.ch/en/basel

http://www.breisach.de/html/seiten/startseite.phtml?nav=1&lang=de

Where we stayed :

http://www.jugendherberge.de/jh/rheinland/duesseldorf/?m

http://www.hotel-amiral-colmar.com/

http://catalogue.horse21.co.uk/germany+hotels/duesseldorf+hotels/hotel+villa+oberkassel

http://www.freiburg.intercityhotel.de/

Other activities:

http://www.europa-park.de/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheinturm_Düsseldorf

http://www.freiburg.de/servlet/PB/menu/1156577/index.html


 

Participating Religious institutions:

http://www.oberkassel.de/html/oberkassel/Kirchengemeinde/Kath/pfarrbrief.html

http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/article2.php?articleID=370&

http://www.bunkerkirche.de/

Additional partners:

http://www.uni-freiburg.de/index_en.php

http://www.unibas.ch/index.cfm?cache_use=0

http://www.juedisches-leben-in-breisach.de/veranstaltungen.html

http://www.alemannia-judaica.de/ihringen_friedhof.htm


2008 Tour Schedule

May20  - Departure St. Cloud, airport Minneapolis

May 21 - Wednesday: Arrival in Frankfurt/Main, Düsseldorf and/or Köln airports (Cantabile: Düsseldorf only; Vicky Knickerbocker will be at airport Frankfurt)

May 21 to May27  - Youth hostel Düsseldorf (bus transfer from all arrivals)

May 22  - Düsseldorf, visit and introduction at Martin Buber Synagogue; visit at Catholic Church in former World War II bunker, “Bunkerkirche”

May 23 - Rehearsal at St. Antonius Catholic Church, Düsseldorf-Oberkassel; visit of

Protestant Church St Anna, visit downtown Düsseldorf, faculty dinner

May 24 - Afternoon concert, reception to follow at community center (Cantabile: 20 families of Catholic St. Antonius will welcome 2 participants each for a family afternoon and dinner)

May 25  - Visit to Cologne Cathedral (Köln) and tour city (Erzbistum); visit at Muslim community in Düsseldorf (“guest workers” community), introduction by staff

May 26 - Visit to a town in nearby Ruhrgebiet (Dortmund or Bochum, former coal mining and industrial area)

(May 26 - Open day, free time, two different tours offered; Xanten, Roman excavated garnison and settlement); Faculty meeting

May 27 - Bus transfer to Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany; Meeting with local musicians and choirs; Local evening concert in Church, visit to Synagogue (bell tower)

May 27 to May 29  - Hotel in Colmar, Alsace, France (next to Kaiserstuhl and Black Forest; Home of Statue of Liberty)

May 28  - Rehearsal at former concentration camp, close to Strasbourg, France:

Natzweiler-Struthof, visit to museum and tour with director, if time permits visit of close by Alsace/Moselle Cultural Heritage and Migration Museum

May 29  - Concert at Natzweiler Struthof; Transfer to Hotel in Freiburg, Germany (Black Forest)

May 30  - Excursion into wine country (mountains), Kaiserstuhl; Faculty meeting

(May 30 – Open day)

May 31 - Visit to European Parliament (tour and lunch), Strasbourg; Europa Park Rust

June 1  - Visit and possibly concert at Freiburg University, tour town

June 2 - Visit to Basel University, Switzerland, tour of Synagogues and lecture by university staff at Synagogue, lunch; visit cathedral (Munster) and downtown

June 3 - Visit to former Jewish community house in Breisach; visit to traditional Jewish cemetery, Ihringen, with retired police offer (site was desecrated by Neo-Nazis; visit of Synagogue and lecture in Freiburg

June 4  - Wednesday: Bus transfer to airport Frankfurt/Main and departure (all), arrival Minneapolis June 4

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