The notes below about the history of I Remember are courtesy of Enid Futterman, the librettist of the work.
In 1975, in London, Otto Frank, the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust, heard a score for a new musical theatre piece based on his daughter Anne’s diary. Minutes later, he gave his permission and his blessing to the project. In 1980, he died in Switzerland, at the age of 91. A memorial was organized in New York City, and included a performance of some songs from that piece, played by an orchestra that included Lisa Hansen, a young flutist.
Fifteen years later, a decade after “Yours, Anne” opened off-Broadway, Ms. Hansen, who was still haunted by the music and lyrics, collaborated with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Chamber Music Series to commission a piece for voice, flute, harp, and cello. “I Remember” was given its premiere performance in Washington, in 1996.
In the nearly twenty years since, “I Remember” has been recorded by three chamber groups, and performed sixty times, to these reviews:
“Music inspired by the Holocaust isn’t exactly a rare commodity, but I Remember is one of the few efforts that work as a remembrance and as a strong individual work. A haunting, moving piece, with moments of real beauty.”—Lawrence Johnson, Chicago Tribune (review of our performance of I Remember at the Ravinia Festival).
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“In Bellum Primum” World Premiere
The world premiere of 2012 Latin Grammy award winner Yalil Guerra’s ”In Bellum Primum” at Enlow Hall, Kean University, with pianist Martha Marchena.
Performed by Max Lifchitz and Lisa Hansen at Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum Thursday, April 24, 2014 Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall Kean University.