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Music and art featured in Bozeman's Holocaust Memorial Day on April 18

April 2, 2013

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Music and art of the Holocaust will be the theme of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day, to take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Weaver Room in the Emerson Center for the Arts.

The event is free and open to the public and is appropriate for all ages.

The event will feature performances by local musicians playing music on three themes: the camps, the partisans and lessons of the Holocaust. Performers include: soprano Abigail Dueppen with Trevor Ostenson on the violin; Julia Cory on cello; Michael Videon on guitar; and Beth Lee on piano. "When I Was a Boy," a collection by artist Willem Volkersz based on his memories of growing up in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, will be featured at the Emerson's Jessi Wilbur Gallery.

Volkersz is a retired professor and former director of the School of Art at Montana State University. Volkersz said his work shifted after the release of the book "Storming the Tulips," by Hannie J. Voyles, that told the story of the occupation through the eyes of 20 Jewish students who attended the same school that Volkersz attended. He built 173 suitcases, each with the name, age and place of death of one of the children from his school. The resulting exhibit, "In Memoriam," has toured the country. Volkersz said his new work, exhibited in "When I was a Boy," examines other ideas within the same framework, using suitcases as a poignant symbol of the one suitcase the Jewish students were asked to pack when they were shipped to the death camps. Eventually, only the suitcases remained.

Dueppen holds a bachelor's degree in vocal performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music, and a master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. Dueppen made her professional debut in 2011 at Opera in the Heights in Houston and has performed across the country since then in a number of roles.

Cory is a visiting professor who teaches cello, chamber music, music theory, and directs the Cello Ensemble at MSU. Prior to coming to MSU, Cory was the founder and artistic director of the Austin Cello Choir in Austin, Texas.

Videon is the director of the guitar program at the MSU School of Music.

Refreshments will be provided by Wild Joe's Coffee Spot.

The Bozeman commemoration of the Holocaust is co-sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association, Congregation Beth Shalom, Wild Joe's Coffee Spot and the MSU Diversity Awareness Office.

For more information, contact the Diversity Awareness Office at 994-5801 or email




Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-6507,