The Opening Performance will feature the Canadian Premiere of Tehorah, a musical story of love and loss, in German, Yiddish and Hebrew. Composed and written exclusively by Jewish composers and lyricists; generously sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Toronto.
Tehorah, which means “pure” in Hebrew, is a musical portrait of love, hope and forgiveness, featuring songs by Jewish composers and lyricists in German, Yiddish and Hebrew. The German Jewish cabaret composers featured here were degraded as degenerate by Adolf Hitler in the early 1930s. They were persecuted, had to leave Germany and their music was forbidden after 1933.
This concert is a musical voyage that starts with the thriving Jewish culture of 1920s Berlin during the Weimar Republic, and ends with music from the Promised Land Israel.
"This May, we are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and with this concert we are remembering the fallen, the exiled and those who were left behind. But we are also striving for a future uniting the world and its people in peace."