REHEARSAL FOR SISTER ROSE THERING FUND BENEFIT … New Providence resident Elizabeth Wilt  (left) and Berkeley Heights resident Sarah Ericksen, students at Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, rehearse for the April 12 Evening of Roses production of the children’s opera Brundibar.

The Evening of Roses is the annual fundraising benefit for Seton Hall University’s Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies.  Conducted by New Jersey Opera artistic director Jason Tramm, directed by Daniel Neiden and orchestrated by Charles Czarnecki, Brundibar was written in 1938 and performed in 1943 and 1944 by the children incarcerated at the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt. At the April 12 event, held at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), Holocaust survivor Ela Weissberger, one of the child Theresienstadt Brundibar performers, will be presented with the 2011 Seton Hall Humanitarian of the Year award. The program begins at 7:00 PM.  Benefit ticket packages are available through the Sister Rose Thering Fund, 973-761-9006.  General admission tickets are available at the SOPAC Box Office, 973-313-ARTS.

The Sister Rose Thering Fund was established to perpetuate and extend the inter-religious education work of Sister Rose in funding graduate scholarship assistance for teachers in Jewish-Christian and Holocaust Studies, developing teaching resource materials and presenting workshops for teachers in public, private and parochial schools.