May 3, 2018 8:00PM
May 4, 2018 8:00PM
Iron & Coal is a powerful new theatrical concert by acclaimed composer and performer Jeremy Schonfeld. Taking inspiration from his father’s memoir, Iron & Coal strives to find meaning in a life and relationship built from the ashes after Schonfeld’s father spent a year in the Auschwitz concentration camp at the age of ten. The ghosts of a distant and vanished world, both of horror and the iron will to survive, mix with the present in this remarkable world-premiere production.
Using projections, animation, a rock band, chamber orchestra, and over 120 adult and youth voices, this larger-than-life production celebrates the indomitable spirit of our ancestors and the legacy we carry with us.
Music & Text by Jeremy Schonfeld
Directed by Kevin Newbury
Music Direction by David Bloom
Animation by Tom Seltzer
Featuring Jeremy Schonfeld, Rinde Eckert, Lincoln Clauss, and Contemporaneous
Also featuring Alexandria Harmonizers, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, Young Artists of America, and Strathmore Children’s Chorus
Produced by Strathmore and Beth Morrison Projects
The Defiant Requiem Foundation
Bender JCC of Greater Washington