May 2, 2011 7:05 PM by Andy Koen
A hidden book filled with poems and essays that was kept secret from the Nazi guards at the Terezin concentration camp in Prague is now the inspiration for a Holocaust memorial concert. The 800 pages that circulated the camp were written by teenagers who were imprisoned there.
Colorado Poet Laureate and Colorado College professor David Mason joined with award winning composer Lori Laitman to create an oratorio using the poems and other works to tell a story that celebrates art during a period of dark human cruelty.
"What we really think about when we read these works is not so much the horror of the way these people died, the way many of them died, but the vitality they had in life," Mason said.
The Colorado Springs Children's Chorale will perform the songs and poems set to music tonight at Shove Chapel. Soloist Max Ferguson says the performance is quite powerful.
"As I was learning the piece you know I'd be in the rehearsal room at the chorale singing along with this cheesy synth track that we put together to rehearse with and I'm, the kids aren't even singing and just the idea is bringing me to tears," Ferguson said.
Vedem: An Oratorio of the Holocaust begin at 7:00 p.m. at Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Avenue on the Colorado College campus. The performance is free and open to the public.