January 24, 2020

Media Contacts:

Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412
Marla Moore, Office of Human Rights, 410-313-6430

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Office of the County Executive, the Howard County Office of Human Rights and Columbia Center for the Arts will present Childhood Memories of The Holocaust A Cantata: We Will Never Be Bullied Again. This event is free and open to the public, no ticket or registration is required.

“This Cantata reminds us of how quickly words of hatred can become actions,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is our responsibility to stand together against fear and hatred, and to stand together for hope and peace.”

This powerful musical offering is presented by teens and adults from the Howard County area. The cantata tells the story of a child who brings a book to her grandfather, it’s his brother’s Holocaust-era diary. The grandfather reads passages aloud, and the child asks questions about the Holocaust. A black-clad choir, comprised of children and adults, then joins the two on stage to dramatize the diary’s words.

The event is directed and adapted by Toby Orenstein with musical direction by Ira Singer and Cantor Jan Morrison. Production assistance is by Stephanie Gurwitz Zurier and it was written and used with the permission of Stephen Freedman.

WHAT:           Childhood Memories of The Holocaust               

WHEN:           January 27, 2020 at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Oakland Mills Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, Maryland 21045

WHO:             Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive, Toby Orenstein, Director


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