GLOUCESTER – Acclaimed Austrian soprano Ute Gfrerer and renowned Boston artist Lisa Rosowsky will present ‘For Our Fathers’ on Sunday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gloucester Meetinghouse.
The deeply moving evening of song and art is based on the legacy of silence of their two fathers during World War II – one an Austrian member of the Nazi Youth Party, and one a French Jew. In a unique collaboration, the two artists present a Holocaust-themed program of music and mixed media artworks, based on memories of their fathers.
Gfrerer and Rosowsky present a program based on a chance meeting in 2017, when they learned that they each suffered a legacy of silence and grief from their fathers’ very different experiences in World War II. Gfrerer’s father was a member of the Nazi Youth Party and a soldier, while Rosowsky’s father went into hiding in France after his parents were arrested and sent to Auschwitz. The two daughters have transferred their grief, anger and love for their fathers into an evening of art and music. The program includes Holocaust-based songs with music by Kurt Weill and Norbert Glanzberg among others. The songs are matched with artworks that explore family history and memory.
This event is co-sponsored by the Gloucester Meetinghouse and Temple Ahavat Achim with support from the Paulson Foundation. It is also supported by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation Series sponsors, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Tickets are available online at gloucestermeetinghouse.org. Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., Gloucester. Tickets: $45 preferred, $30 general, $10 students with ID, under 12 free.