Acclaimed Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian to collaborate with EUSO

February 25, 2014

ATLANTA (Feb. 25, 2014) The Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) and renowned soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian will perform Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall of Emory¿s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Conducted by Richard Prior, the event is free and open to the public.

¿A deeply profound and moving work, the three movement symphony incorporates texts from the traditional 15th century Polish liturgy, a haunting fragment written on the wall of a cell by a young girl in the concentration camp at Zakopane and a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son during the chaos of the Silesian uprisings,¿ said Prior.  ¿The powerful and universal themes of motherhood and separation from a child in times of war and conflict dominate the work as it weaves an exquisite musical tapestry that simply cannot be missed where there is an opportunity for live performance.¿

Bayrakdarian and Prior will also conduct a Creativity Conversation on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Schwartz Center. This event is also free and open to the public.

About Isabel Bayrakdarian

Bayrakdarian has performed in opera houses and concert halls around the world. In 2005, Bayrakdarian performed Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 with the Cracow Royal Orchestra, conducted by John Axelrod, in Auschwitz as part of the BBC short film "Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film."