Kindersang, © Deirdre Gribbin

03.03.2020 - Article

Songs from the poetry of a Kindertransport survivor at the New York Library for The Performing Arts on April 6, 2020.

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Irish composer Deirdre Gribbin was inspired to write a song cycle after she recently met 97 year old poet and Kindertransport survivor, Lotte Kramer. Amanda Boyd (Soprano) and Emily Daggett Smith (violin) will perform the US premiere of eleven songs written by Gribbin, including a moving “Kol Neidre” and uplifting “The Suitcase”, inspired by Kramer’s touching and revealing poetry. Also included in the concert will be short pieces for voice and violin by Bach, Biber and Pinkhof.

Gribbin’s work has been described as “pure magic, and ”so astonishingly powerful that it communicates its meaning instantly“  - The London Times

Kindersang tells the story of Lotte’s journey, from Germany to the UK before the outbreak of the Second World War. Her painful separation from her parents, her disorientation on arriving in the UK as a young German girl and her fragile hopes for the future are beautifully revealed through music and words, which premiered in London last year.

Heinrich Biber’s violin solo, ‘The Protecting Angel’, Bach’s poignant cantata ‘Ich Habe Genug’ and Joseph Pinkhof’s ‘Parpar: Butterfly’, written in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp complete this thought-provoking and poignant programme.

”Kindersang demands and deserves further performances so that its message can reach out and touch as many listeners as possible.“- Musical Times, London.

Kinderang is presented with support from Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Location & time:
New York Library for The Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center. 
6pm April 6, 2020

This is a free event. Tickets are available to book on the following link from March 6: Kindersang

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