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A symphonic work celebrating the courage and heroism of

CHIUNE SUGIHARA

His act of courage was a remarkable act of compassion at a time of great darkness and evil.

“I just did what we as human beings should do. One of my best teachers, in Harbin, once told me: You do the right thing because it is the right thing. Not for gain. Not for recognition. Just because it is the right thing. The refugees were people who needed my help. I could give help to them. It was the right thing to do. That’s all.”

Project's Global Lead Commissioner

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THE PROJECT

A large symphonic work with music and libretto by Lera Auerbach featuring solo cello, choir, and orchestra commemorating the incredible and singular heroism of Chiune Sugihara.  The project was conceived of by cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and brought to life with major commissioning support from Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Center in Jerusalem.

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KRISTINA COOPER

Cellist

CREATORS

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LERA AUERBACH

Composer, and Librettist