Appalachian Begins Days of Remembrance with Holocaust Cantata

 The campus and High Country communities are invited to a concert by the Appalachian Chorale, a combined student/community choir of some 85 members, that will revolve around the performance of American composer Donald McCullough’s “Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps.”The Cantata, which had its world premiere in 1998, is based on materials drawn from the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The performance begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in the Rosen Concert Hall.

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies is working in collaboration with choir director Dr. Linda Larson from the Hayes School of Music to bring this important event to campus and begin this year's Days of Remembrance.

The Appalachian Chorale will be joined by two guest choirs, the Appalachian Glee Club and the Appalachian Treble Choir. The performance of the “Holocaust Cantata” will feature Dr. Ellie Wee on cello and Aaron Ames on piano. Vocal soloists include mezzos Nicole Sonbert and Meg Stohlmann, and there will also be spoken text read by members of the community.


Appalachian's annual Week of Remembrance culminates in the Yom HaShoah commemorations on May 1-2, 2019 that include eight hours of readings of names of many of the European Jews murdered by the Germans and their allies.

The April 30 performance is free of charge. No tickets are required. For more information about the performance of the cantata, contact Linda Larson at or the Center at


About the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies
Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers, and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding, and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and utilizing these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of further genocides. The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies is an associate institutional member of the Association of Jewish Studies, a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and of the North Carolina Consortium of Jewish Studies. For more information, visit  

About the Hayes School of Music
The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region and nation. Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, the school offers four undergraduate degree programs and three graduate-level programs. Learn more at

Holocaust Cantata flyer
Published: Apr 24, 2019 4:20pm