Bravo Niagara! Presents Menorah
Published at : 13 Dec 2020
Commissioned by Bravo Niagara!, “Menorah” is a composition by acclaimed JUNO Award-winning Canadian composer Christos Hatzis. The premiere of "Menorah" features images by Yuri Dojc from 'Last Folio' by Yuri Dojc & Katya Krausova.
This stirring composition for violin and piano will be performed by Montreal-based violinist Marc Djokic, a young dynamic presence in the violin world, and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, C.M., an internationally renowned interpreter of contemporary music.
"'Menorah' is a technically demanding composition for violin and piano... It is cast in two contrasting movements, 'Shabbat Blessing' and 'Kaddish Yatom' depicting two opposite psychic patterns manifesting at times of personal and collective crisis, one of tightly holding on to something old and trusted and another of questioning it and, with it, our shared understanding of humanity and its shuttered assurances. Not being a Jew myself, it is this larger canvas that has allowed me to enter the subject of the Holocaust and document my own psychic reactions to it, particularly at a time in our collective existence when dark clouds are again assembling in the horizon and, if we do not study and learn from history, we may be condemned to repeat it."
- Christos Hatzis