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Concordia features composers banned for political, religious reasons


The next Concordia offering, “Silenced Voices,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, features composers whose works were banned for political and/or religious reasons.

This music is an invitation to reflect on the countless voices in the arts and literature that have been silenced for centuries and on those whose work is presently being suppressed.

Concordia will feature compositions by Hans Krasa, Paul Hermann, Theo Smit Sibinga and Jacob Meyerbeer, which may be some unknown composers and works for many listeners.

Also featured will be the “String Quartet No. 8” of Dmitri Shostakovich, dedicated to the victims of fascism and war, which captures a sense of desperation, sadness and heartbreak with an underlying desire to overcome.

Joining Concordia on this journey will be violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson bringing his wealth of experience as a member of the Pacifica String Quartet for 17 years during which time they won a Grammy, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant among many other honors.

Also appearing will be young superstar, violinist Alexi Kenney, rock star violist Richard O’Neill, clarinetist Romie deGuise-Langlois and on cello, Michelle Djokic.

Tickets for this special performance at ArtYard in Frenchtown, N.J., are now on sale at