NEWARK, NJ -- Seton Hall University hosted the 75th anniversary concert commemorating Kristallnacht: “The Night of Broken Glass,” from 3-5 p.m. at the Cathedral Bascilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.
The concert was conducted by Dr. Jason Tramm, assistant professor and director of choral activities at Seton Hall University and artistic director of MidAtlantic Opera. Performances included the 70-member Seton Hall University Choir and various professional musicians such as renowned soloists Christina Major, Julie Diniz, Mary Clare McAfee, Theodore Chetsos and Jeremy Galyon, as well as soloists from the Newark Boys Chorus.
Monsignor C. Anthony Ziccardi, vice president of Mission and Ministry at Seton Hall University, was to give the welcome address.
Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass,” transpired on Nov. 9-10, 1938. It began when violent anti-Jewish protests broke out across the German Reich and resulted in more than 90 Jews killed, 30,000 arrested and taken to concentration camps, thousands of Jewish homes, businesses, and institutions damaged, and more than 1,000 synagogues burned.
Tramm said the music was selected to explore how to counteract intolerance and prejudice through an expression of healing and harmony.
The event was organized in collaboration with Seton Hall University’s Building Bridges Celebration, The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, Sixty Years of Jewish-Christian Dialogue and The Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies.
Co-chairs of the committee include Ziccardi, Charles Carter, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and The Rev.Lawrence Frizzell, director of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies.