On Sunday, February 27, Ellen Handler Spitz, honors college professor of visual arts, will give an introduction before a production of the children’s opera “Brundibár.” Her presentation is entitled “Reflections on Brundibár.”
“Brundibár” is a children’s opera written by Czech composer Hans Krása in 1938 and performed many times by the inmates of Terezín, a concentration camp outside of Prague, during WWII. It tells the story of a group of children banding together, with the help of animals, to defeat an evil adult.
The opera was not written to be performed in the concentration camp, but took on new meaning once Krása was sent to Terezín. To the prisoners in the camp, the opera was a symbol of life and hope.
The performance will be held at 3 p.m. in the Krieger Auditorium at the Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Rd., Pikesville, Maryland.
For more information, visit www.chizukamuno.org/calendars/detail/brundibar/959/02-27-2011/.