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Kristallnacht Commemoration: Steve Reich’s Different Trains in Concert

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center for our annual Kristallnacht Commemoration, featuring an immersive concert experience of American Jewish composer Steve Reich’s Different Trains. This powerful, moving performance comes to historic Union Terminal for one evening only on November 9 at 7 p.m.

In Different Trains (1988), Steve Reich presents a semi-autobiographical account of the Holocaust that electronically mixes his memories of being a Jewish child in the 1940s with those of child-survivors of the Holocaust who later recorded their testimonies. The New York Times hailed Different Trains as “a work of such astonishing originality that breakthrough seems the only possible description. It possesses an absolutely harrowing emotional impact.”

This performance by 4-Way, Cincinnati’s String quartet, will also include African-American composer Rhiannon Giddens’ song, “At the Purchaser’s Option.” The two pieces together evoke memories of oppression and dehumanization, experienced by Jews during the Holocaust and African Americans slaves. At the same time both reflect on humanity’s struggle for survival and dignity in the darkest hour. Get your tickets now.

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This program is generously funded by the Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacres Foundation. This program is presented in partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, and the YWCA of Cincinnati. 


November 9
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45203 United States