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  • Robert

    I have visited Project Heard on line, and would like to share my own effort with you.

    I am a NY composer working with a team of artists to present a cantata about Etty Hillesum. Dutch, worldly, well-educated, and Jewish, Etty’s courage and compassion during the Holocaust still inspire us.

    The cantata is based on the journal Etty kept until her deportation to Auschwitz. Across uncertainty and fear to near transcendence, it reveals a woman who refuses to let suffering rob life of meaning, and who responds to it with unselfish service to others.

    Etty’s writings are studied by Jews, Jesuits, and Buddihsts alike. Her message is ecumenical: the lesson of the Holocaust – never again – challenges all people. She is better known in Europe than in the US. Telling her story in music creates an opportunity to inspire American audiences, and educate them about her message. This is our mission.

    A private preview of the cantata is scheduled for October 2019, NYC. The goal is to introduce The Thinking Heart Cantata as a work of art and an instrument of education to people from Holocaust education, art, museum, academic, and religious communities. I’d invite a Project Heard representative to attend.
    Below is the link to The Thinking Heart Cantata web site. Please feel free to share it, and kindly let me know if you would like to add it to your list serve, or reciprocate with your web site. 

    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing back from you.

    June 10, 2019 at 10:25 am