Classical 91.5

Pia Liptak

Gerry Szymanski

It was the ultimate cynical propaganda; when the Nazis created Terezin, they billed it as a "health spa," sending prominent Jews whose disappearance would be noticed, had earned medals in the previous wars, and those who older than 65 there. In the beginning, there was a vibrant cultural life with concerts, lectures, and covert education for the many children housed. In truth, it was a way station for the prisoners, most of whom would be shipped to death camps.

This was to be a big year for Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, as it celebrated its 10th year; part of the celebration included a performance on Backstage Pass in February.

Gerry Szymanski

This was to be a big season for Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, as it celebrated its 10th year; part of the celebration included a performance on Backstage Pass in February.

Photo: Gerry Szymanski

Ten years ago, Pia Litak and Kathleen Suher decided to start a chamber orchestra that would present tuneful, innovative concerts. They called their new group Cordancia, and today it's better than ever. On the next Backstage Pass, Pia, Kathleen, and the group join Julia Figueras to celebrate their tin anniversary.

Cordancia promises to bring "vibrant music to our vibrant community," and you don't get much more vibrant than the November, 2018 concert: Music from South America, Mexico, and Cuba. In a progam filled with color and rhythm, conductor Rachel Lauber and Cordancia ripped through Alberto Ginastera's Danza No. 4, a joyous celebration of the dance.