'Annelies' Comes to Red Rocks Music Festival

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Performing Arts Issue: March 2016

Arianna Zukerman / Photo courtesy Red Rocks Music FestivalIf you’ve read the Diary of a Young Girl, written by Anne Frank while she and her family hid in an Amsterdam warehouse during the Holocaust, you know how profound her words were then and remain to this day. In 2005, British composer James Whitbourn set Frank’s poignant diary to music, and the 14-movement work will make its way to the Valley for two performances in April.

The Red Rocks Music Festival, in collaboration with the Arizona State University Chamber Singers, will present the Arizona premier of “Annelies” on April 9 and 10 (see below). Annelies is the full first name of Anne Frank.

The part of Annelies will be sung by Grammy-award nominated soprano Arianna Zukerman, daughter of the famed violinist Pinchas Zukerman. Known for her rich soprano voice, Zukerman has sung the role of “Annelies” many times, including on a recording that was nominated for the 2014 Grammy for Best Choral Performance.

The ASU Chamber Singers, directed by ASU professor David Schildkret, will accompany Zukerman. Other featured artists are David Ehrlich on violin, Joshua Gardner on clarinet, Ben Wyatt on cello and Teresa Ehrlich on piano. Larry Wyatt will conduct the quartet.

Moshe Bukshpan, founder and executive director of the Red Rocks Music Festival says Schildkret will give a talk before each concert, which will run one hour and 20 minutes without an intermission.

“This is an important work for the community (to hear),” Bukshpan says. “It’s a message of hope.”

If you go:
Who: Red Rocks Music Festival and ASU Chamber Singers
What: Arizona premier of “Annelies”
When: 7 p.m. pre-concert talk; 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday, April 9
Where: Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Rd., Phoenix
Cost: $18 plus $2 service fee; $8 students with ID plus $2 service fee
Tickets: redrocksmusicfestival.com or 602-787-1577

When: 2 p.m. pre-concert talk, 2:30 p.m. concert Sunday April 10
Where: ASU Katzin Concert Hall, in the Music Building, Tempe campus
Cost: $18 plus $2 service fee; $8 students with ID plus $2 service fee
Tickets: herbergerinstitute.asu/events or 480-965-6447