The University of St. Thomas Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the St. Paul City Ballet will present the world premiere of “Light From the Yellow Star: Art Faith Humanity” at 8 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown St. Paul.
The St. Thomas-commissioned work by Israeli composer Boris Pigovat deals with the challenge of “remaining humane even in inhumane circumstances.” It will be an evening that combines music, art, narrative and dance.
The music will be conducted by Dr. Mathew George, professor and chair of the St. Thomas Music Department. Set in five movements, “Light From the Yellow Star” is based on the art and texts of Dr. Robert O. Fisch, a Minnesota pediatrician, author, artist and Holocaust survivor.
Like Fisch, Pigovat’s family was affected by both the Nazi occupation and the Soviet oppression following World War II. The concert will feature projections of Fisch’s art, as well as his own narration of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps and in Hungary after the war.
Fisch narrates how he has been able to find the good in humanity despite the most horrific experiences that he and others have endured in their lives. His message is meant to be universal.
Pigovat holds a doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in Israel; his works have been recorded and performed throughout the world.
General admission is $6; admission is free for St. Thomas students (with ID). The performance is part of Interfaith Art Partners: A Twin Cities Festival.
The event is presented by St. Thomas’ College of Arts and Sciences and its Department of Music.