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Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20016
On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, «a date which will live in infamy,» join us in commemorating the start of America's military involvement in World War II through music, poetry and imagery.
Through the music and poetry of the time, gain a deeper understanding of the unprecedented tragedy and inspirational resilience of refugees, civilians and exiles.
Understand World War II through a new lens with performances including:
— Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 (1944), a cry of pain provoked by the barbaric Nazi Siege of Leningrad, in which half a million died, expressing the tribulations of life in Stalin's Russia.
— Hanns Eisler’s Hollywood Songbook (1938-1943), a series of poems and music depicting the nomadic wartime life of a European exiles, observing from afar their homeland, family, friends and culture being devastated by the Nazis, while still estranged from their newly settled country.
— Arnold Schoenberg’s seething Ode to Napoleon (1942), composed by a grateful Jewish refugee, musically accompanying Lord Byron's original poem of the same name, exploring the rise of Hitler's tyranny through the Allies' «earthquake voice of Victory»