Friday, June 17, 2016

Book and Concert Inspired by Anne Frank's Diary Included in Carnegie Library and Music Hall Programming

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie  is collaborating with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh to present a multi-faceted experience inspired by Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl.

Join the library on June 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. when  Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh educator Rachel Herman launches the program with a discussion preparing readers to better understand  The  Diary of A Young Girl in the context of its times.

After reading the book on their own, participants will return on July 26, again from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., to discuss the Diary with Ms. Herman and each other.

Participants will receive a free copy of the Diary as well as one ticket to the September 25 concert We Remember: A Tribute to the Inner Life of Anne Frank.  The concert will be performed by Pittsburgh contralto Daphne Alderson and Philadelphia pianist Norma Myer.

The reading program is recommended for those 13 and older. Pre-registration  is required.  Please call Maggie Forbes at 412-276-3456, x. 8 or visit for more information.

When contralto Daphne Alderson described We Remember: A Concert to Celebrate the Inner Life of Anne Frank, Maggie Forbes and Geoff Zak knew immediately that they wanted the concert as part of its Listen Locally: The 115th Anniversary Series season at the Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie.

The music – an eclectic selection written or arranged for contralto and piano – is a perfect match for the ACFL&MH’s acoustically superb Music Hall. However, the subject matter of the concert, a tribute to the young girl who wrote one of the most iconic, moving and inspirational books about the Holocaust, convinced ACFL&MH staff to present this concert.  As a beloved book, Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl, builds on the synergy between the Library and Music Hall, and is especially compelling to teen readers.

ACFL&MH audiences are familiar with Ms. Alderson. She performed two benefit concerts in the Music Hall: Songs that Oscar Taught Me: A Tribute to Oscar Hammerstein in 2008 and All Judy; All Heart, an homage to Judy Garland in 2009. She also sang with guitarist (and husband) John Marcinizyn in a 2014 Listen Locally concert that included a moving tribute to Pete Seeger.
Philadelphian Norma Meyer is a highly respected pianist-conductor whose collaborative work takes her to such esteemed venues as the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Honeywell Center in Wabash, Indiana, and Carnegie Hall in New York.

 Newark Ledger critic Paul Somers described Alderson and Meyer’s collaboration. “Alderson has a true contralto voice, the kind that is often called ‘plummy’, filled with rich colors and expression....Pianist Norma Meyer is the best kind of accompanist – the kind that follows a singer perfectly, yet manages to never let the singer wander off into self-indulgence.... I Remember, by Michael Cohen, is a moving solo cantata based on Ann Frank’s diaries, in which Alderson and Meyer together communicated every nuance with heartbreaking accuracy.... In Meyer’s expressive and agile hands, one did not miss the work’s original chamber music version.

”We Remember includes three lieder by Gustav Mahler; Kleine Prelude van Ravel by Dutch composer Leo Smit (who, with his wife, died at Sobibor); two spirituals; and Alone, Maya Angelou’s poem set to music by Pittsburgh composer Douglas Levine. The concert concludes with the haunting, I Remember, a piece commissioned by the U.S. Holocaust Museum in 1996, with music by Michael Cohen and lyrics by Enid Futterman.

We Remember is powerful, beautiful and deeply thought provoking in its own right. However, the ACFL&MH wanted to take the experience further, and feels it has found the perfect partner in Lauren Bairnsfather, Executive Director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.
Bairnsfather agrees. “In partnering with the ACFL&MH, and with support from South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh has a unique opportunity to support the We Remember concert while offering creative programs that will allow us to gain a foothold in the South Hills and in Carnegie. I am delighted that Maggie Forbes approached me to develop this collaboration.”

With a grant from South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh, the Holocaust Center will offer a series of programs: “South Hills Summer Arts Program: Inspired by the Diary of Anne Frank.” This outreach programming to complement the concert will include:• Reading of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Special effort will be made to recruit 13- to 18-year-olds, but the program is open to all ages.

Many older adults have expressed interest in a book discussion.• Two discussions, led by a Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh Educator – one in advance of reading the book, and one following the reading. • Artist Marcel Lamont Walker, the artist who produced the Chutz-Pow! comic project for the Holocaust Center, will lead a three-day art project to create drawings inspired by Anne Frank and her Diary.

The art will be exhibited in the ACFL&MH’s Studio space, participants aged 13 and above are welcome for the outreach programming. We Remember: A Tribute to the Inner Life of Anne Frank takes place on Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. A dessert reception with the performers and artists follows the performance. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door; students are $5.

Visit For more information about the outreach program please contact Maggie Forbes at 412-276-3456. x. 8. Listen Locally: The 115th Anniversary Season is supported by the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

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