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Opera-Tunity Foundation and USC School of Music Announce a Week of Remembrance: A Celebration of Jewish Culture in the Midlands

COLUMBIA, SC - April 15-22, 2012 - Opera-tunity Foundation, a non-profit organization operating under the umbrella of the University of South Carolina's Educational Foundation System, and the University of South Carolina's School of Music, announce Columbia's first ever, week-long commemoration of Jewish culture titled A Week of Remembrance: A Celebration of Jewish Culture (April 15-22, 2012).

Beginning Sunday, April 15, A Week of Remembrance: A Celebration of Jewish Culture will feature seven days of educational and arts events including concerts, lectures, multi-media presentations and visual arts to honor more than 141,000 lives lost at the Terezin concentration camp and during the Holocaust.  Several Holocaust survivors, including some of the original performers of The Defiant Requiem by Verdi at Terezin will also speak at events throughout the week. Please see attached schedule of events and visit for further information.

Friday, April 6 2012 at 11 a.m.Holocaust Monument in Memorial Park600 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29201 

Speakers and special guests will include:

  • City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin
  • Dean Tayloe Harding, University of South Carolina School of Music
  • Janet Hopkins, Executive Director of Opera-tunity Foundation
  • Bud Ferrillo, Holocaust Museum Chair
  • Janet Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Voice, University of South Carolina School of Music
  • SC House Representative Joan Brady (District 78)
  • SC Senator Joel Lourie (District 22)
  • Holocaust survivors and families

The purpose of this week-long project is to pay tribute to the lives lost during the World War II Holocaust and honor their acts of bravery with educational and arts events, while also promoting arts appreciation and education in South Carolina.

The Opera-tunity Foundation's mission is to provide a myriad of musical education zand outreach projects and programs that will inspire creativity and appreciation of Opera and the Arts. 

Week of Remembrance - Schedule of Events

 All week long: Visit week-long displays at the Richland County Public Library and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Opening Event:  Defiant Requiem...Verdi at Terezin
USC Symphony and combined choirs
Koger Center for the Arts at the University of South Carolina
6:30 PM – Pre-concert Lecture, 7:30 PM – Curtain
Monday, April 16, 2012

"Degenerates: Composers Banned by Hitler"
USC Wind Ensemble
Koger Center for the Arts at the University of South Carolina
6:45 PM- Pre-concert Lecture, 7:30 pm – Curtain
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"The Jewish Soul"
USC School of Music Recital Hall, 4:30 pm
"Holocaust Cantata" by Donald McCullogh
Greene Street United Methodist Church, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"Celebration of Inspiration"
USC School of Music Recital Hall, 4:30 PM
Featured screening of the 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Classic Ben Hur
Richland County Public Library
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
USC Russell House, 6:00PM April 19-22
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Yom HaShoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day
Beth Shalom Synagogue, 7:00pm
Friday, April 20, 2012

Photo display at the JCC
"Silenced Voices: Music of the Holocaust"
University of South Carolina Recital Hall, 7:30 PM
Friday April 20 and Saturday, April 21,  2012

Celebrating Children-Brundibar performances
Friday, 11am Jewish Community Center
Saturday, 11am and 1:30pm Dreher High School
Seats are free, but require reservations at: or:  803.777.0772
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