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January 2018

Performance in the Mormon Tabernacle for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mormon Tabernacle,
Temple Square
Salt Lake City, UT United States
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The Sousa Mendes Foundation and the Utah Youth Orchestras and Ensembles present a performance in the Mormon Tabernacle of the oratorio Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides by Neely Bruce.  This free concert, conducted by the world-renowned choral conductor Barlow Bradford, will be held on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day of 2018.  The event is part of the Temple Square Concert Series.

The piece tells the dramatic true story of the Holocaust hero Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul General in Bordeaux, who saved thousands of lives in the spring of 1940 by issuing Portuguese visas to refugees desperate to escape Nazi-occupied France.  From Portugal these refugees boarded ships to freedom in the United States and other final destinations.

Soloists include David Sauer, tenor (Aristides), Michelle Pedersen, soprano (Angelina), Andrew Neumayer, baritone (Rabbi Kruger), Adam Griffiths, tenor (Salazar), and Elizabeth Peters, soprano (Andrée Cibial).  The narrator is the actor Michel Gill (César).  An accompanying video is by Carole Kim.

Featuring the University of Utah Chamber Choir, the University of Utah A Cappella Choir, and seven high school choirs from across the state:  Syracuse High School (Syracuse, UT), Pineview High School (St. George, UT), American Heritage School (American Fork, UT), Alta High School (Sandy, UT), Westlake High School (Saratoga Springs, UT), Woods Cross High School (Woods Cross, UT), and Hillcrest High School (Midvale, UT).

The Mayor of Salt Lake County, Ben McAdams, will deliver opening remarks.  In attendance will be Dr. Daniel Mattis, a Sousa Mendes visa recipient living in Utah, and two of Sousa Mendes’s grandsons:  Gerald Mendes and Aristides Mendes, one of whom also lives in Utah.

The piece has been performed with a reduced ensemble in Los Angeles in 2016, but this will be the first performance of the definitive version with full orchestra.

Sponsors include:  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Foundation, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, the John and Marcia Price Family Foundation, Zions Bank, the United Jewish Federation of Utah and numerous individual donors.

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February 2018

Film screening in Utah

February 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Congregation Kol Ami,
2425 Heritage Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84109 United States
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Congregation Kol Ami presents a screening of the film Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story. Discussion following the film will be led by Dan Mattis, who received a visa from Aristides de Sousa Mendes in May of 1940 during his escape from Nazi-occupied Europe.

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Film screening in Pennsylvania

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Beth Hamedrosh,
200 Haverford Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096 United States
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Congregation Beth Hamedrosh of Wynnewood, PA presents a screening of the film Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.  Light refreshments will be served.

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April 2018

Presentation and book signing by Joan Arnay Halperin in Leonia, New Jersey

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Congregation Adas Emuno,
254 Broad Avenue 
Leonia, NJ 07605 United States
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The realities of World War II catapult the Krakowiak family out of their charmed life and into an exodus across half the world.  Joan Arnay Halperin’s book My Sister’s Eyes tells the dramatic true story of her family’s rescue by Aristides de Sousa Mendes and subsequent semi-internment in a British evacuee camp on the island of Jamaica, amounting to a Holocaust tale quite unlike any other.

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Presentation and book signing by Joan Arnay Halperin in Merrick, New York

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Beth Am,
2377 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566 United States
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The realities of World War II catapult the Krakowiak family out of their charmed life and into an exodus across half the world.  Joan Arnay Halperin’s book My Sister’s Eyes tells the dramatic true story of her family’s rescue by Aristides de Sousa Mendes and subsequent semi-internment in a British evacuee camp on the island of Jamaica, amounting to a Holocaust tale quite unlike any other.

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