Remembering Babi Yar

By Sarah Kricheff

Published September 22, 2006, issue of September 22, 2006.
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Writer Yevgeny Yevtushenko reads his renowned poem, “Babi Yar,” in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the massacre in Kiev at a ravine called Babi Yar. On September 29 and 30, 1941, more than 30,000 Jews — along with Soviet prisoners of war, gypsies and underground fighters — were murdered by the Nazis.

The event, Babi Yar Remembered: Yevtushenko and Shostakovitch in Word and Song, includes a performance of the world premiere of the two-piano version of the first movement of Dmitri Shostakovitch’s Symphony No. 13, which is based on Yevtushenko’s poem. The work is performed by pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter, bass soloist Valentin Peytchinov and a male chorus, led by conductor Patrick Gardner.

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Pl.; Sept. 27, 7 p.m.; $25-$65. (646-437-4202 or www.mjhnyc.org)






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