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Composing From the Heart

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Composing From the Heart

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Composing From the Heart

Wednesday 23 June
1pm

Speaker: Sam Weiss

Over the past year, composer Sam Weiss has been working on exploring history, via young voices through his work with the Sydney Children’s Choir, which commissioned him to compose a suite of choral works. The pieces explore the universal themes of remembrance, coexistence, love, loss and peace. Each piece has a specific connection to the Holocaust and the Sydney Jewish community.

In this talk, Sam will share his deeply personal compositional journey and process of writing these works, which included the uncovering of an undiscovered family artefact from pre-war Germany in the Jewish Museum’s archives. This gave him the chance to connect to his great-grandmother, whom he never had the chance to meet, for the first time through her poetry, which he then set to song.

Sam will discuss other inspirations behind the works (spoiler alert: Eddie Jaku’s book is one of them!), and working with the Sydney Children’s Choir and the Sydney Jewish Museum to bring these works to life.

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