Japan’s Holocaust hero is commemorated in a symphony

Japan’s Holocaust hero is commemorated in a symphony


norman lebrecht

January 22, 2023

Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese consular official in Lithuania, is thought to have saved up to 6,000 Jewish families from certain death by issuing them with transit visas which gave them passage to China.

His work was reongised in Israel in 1984, two years before his death.

Now, it’s a symphony.

Read on here.

Here’s a schedule of upcoming performances:
Prague — Prague Radio Orchestra, March 27, 2023
US Premiere — Carnegie Hall, April 19, 2023, with the New York City Opera and Chorus, conducted by Constantine Orbelian
Los Angeles — UCLA Philharmonia and Chamber Singers, conducted by Neal Stulberg
Napa, California — Festival Napa Valley, Festival Orchestra Napa conducted by Constantine Orbelian, July 18, 2023
Warsaw — Sinfonia Varsovia, October 8, 2023
Dresden — Dresden Philharmonie, November 11, 2023


  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Why do we have to ‘click on’ to find out who composed this! Please just tell us. I know it gives SD more credence, but it gives the rest of us more cookies to clean out.

  • NOTU HOON says:

    He that saves one life saves the world entire!

  • Glynne Williams says:

    What a wonderful commission! A remarkable story of quiet dedication and survival. I see the performance schedule does not include London. Any idea why not?