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by Ruth Fazal
"Holocaust Oratorio breaks and warms the heart"
- Toronto Star 2003

sound clip real audioRadio Interview from Israel 2005

Performance History

World premiere Oratorio Terezin -Toronto,Canada
European tour -Concert halls of Prague, Brno, Vienna and Bratislava.
Israel-Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Karmiel.
 Main cultural event for city of  Tel Aviv on Holocaust Memorial Day 05/05/2005
Toronto, Canada
New York City, Carnegie Hall.  Long Island.  Tilles Centre      US premiere
Montreal, Canada.     
Hamilton, Canada.


Oratorio Terezin 
Oratorio Terezin is a full length work scored for Orchestra, Children's choir, Adult Choir and three Vocal Soloists. Set in the context of the Holocaust, Ruth Fazal has  taken the text of children's poetry which miraculously survived the ghetto of Terezin, and has woven these poems together with passages from the Hebrew scriptures. ( in English)

Terezin -Theresienstadt
Many thousands of men and women were taken to the small garrisoned town of Terezin, which the Nazi's used as a propaganda tool to convince the world that they were taking good care of the Jewish people in Europe.  In truth, Terezin was a way-station to the death camps. Over 15,000 children were amongst those who were imprisoned there, and a  liltte over 100 of these children survived. Most of them were murdered in Auschwitz. Oratorio Terezin explores the searching questions of the human heart. How this could have happened, and where can we find hope in the face of such human wickedness?

Musical Style
The musical style of Oratorio Terezin is both dramatically intense, and sweetly lyrical. The juxtaposition of the children's and adult's voices, alongside the Voice of the Prophet,( baritone) the Voice of God (tenor) and the Voice of Suffering (soprano) create the tension found in the midst of feelings of rejection and abandonment contrasted with the hope deep within the human heart that all will be well.


Interested in performing Oratorio Terezin?

Scores and parts may be purchased directly from the composer. Please write to ruthfazal@sympatico.ca

**Attention Children's Choir Conductors

"Five Songs from Terezin"  for Children's Choir
with piano accompaniment.

To view and\or to order, contact Ruth at ruthfazal @sympatico.ca