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Holocaust Memorial Day

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:00pm
Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture Ballroom

Choral Music and the Story of Local Holocaust Survivor Featured in Bozeman's Holocaust Memorial Day on April 27

Remembrance, survival, and hope will be the theme of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day, to take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Ballroom in the Emerson Center for the Arts. The event is free, open to the public, and is appropriate for all ages.

The program will feature key note speaker, Big Sky resident Jan Volavka, whose family partly survived and partly perished in the Holocaust, and who will speak about his mother's story of survival, which has been published in a prominent publication.  The afternoon will also feature performances of remembrance, survival and hope by three local choral groups: The Hope Lutheran Church choir will perform "Total Praise," based on Psalm 121, directed by Frederick Frey; an ensemble from the First Presbyterian Church, featuring soloists Abigail Dueppen and Nadine DuBois Greyl and conducted by Russell Milburn will perform the Agnus Dei movement from Verdi's Requiem; and the MSU Chorus and Youth Chorale, directed by Jon and Kristen Harney, will perform "Inscription of Hope." 

Frederick Frey, who will direct the Hope Lutheran Choir, earned his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in voice and vocal performance. Frey quickly found his way on to the concert stages of North America performing rich and varied works.

Russell Milburn, a graduate of Lemmens Institute of Music in Leuven, Belgium, has performed as a tenor in The Flemmish Radio Choir, Capella Brugensis, Psallentes, various opera and oratorio productions as well as local productions with Intermountain Opera and the Bozeman Symphony. He will direct the First Prebyterian ensemble in the Agnus Dei movement from Verdi's Requiem, which has become known as the "Defiant Requiem" because of its performance by prisoners at the Terezenstadt concentration camp. While the Nazis mocked the prisoners, saying they were singing their own funeral mass, the prisoners re-interpreted the piece to mean that ultimate justice will come to the Nazis. Featured soloist Abigail Dueppen, who has performed across the country, 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. Nadine DuBois Grayl serves as Director of Music and Worship at First Lutheran Church in Bozeman where she plans worship services, conducts the choir, handchimes, and leads congregational song with her voice. She also sings in the Bozeman Symphonic Choir and has been the alto soloist for the Community Messiah. 

Jon Harney is an associate professor of music. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Luther College, Iowa, and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota. As a tenor soloist, he has sung more than twenty-five principal and supporting roles in opera, operetta, and major works with orchestra and chorus. He has served as chorus master for the Intermountain Opera since 2002. He directs the MSU Chorus and Youth Chorale, together with his wife, Kristin Harney, an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Montana State University, teaching undergraduate and graduate level music methods, assessment, and interdisciplinary arts courses. Additionally, she supervises student teachers, advises music education majors, and directs the MSU Youth Chorale. She received her BA in music education from Luther College, her MA in music education from the University of Minnesota, and is currently completing her DMA in music education through Boston University (ABD). 

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