Bruce Randolph Students Observe Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Wednesday, April 11th our Bruce Randolph Vocal Ensemble had the honor of joining the Colorado Hebrew Chorale and members of the Denver community in observance Holocaust Remembrance Day at Temple Sinai. None of our students had ever been in a synagogue, and many of them had never met anyone Jewish, either. The Chorale and community were so very welcoming; offering our students a tour of the synagogue before sharing dinner together.

Our students sang three pieces alongside the Colorado Hebrew Chorale and both ensembles sang different arrangements of “Birdsong,” a poem originally written by a young person in the Terezin Concentration Camp.

It was a powerful evening of song and personal stories from Holocaust survivors. Our kids were so polite, respectful, friendly, and open to this new experience. They sang with such confidence and compassion — we couldn’t have been more proud of them.

Birdsong
Anonymous, 1941
Czech, translated by Jeanne Nĕmcová

He doesn’t know the world at all
Who stays in his nest and doesn’t go out.
He doesn’t know what birds know best
Nor what I want to sing about,
That the world is full of loveliness.

When dewdrops sparkle in the grass
And earth’s aflood with morning light,
A blackbird sings upon a bush
To greet the dawning after night.
Then I know how fine it is to live.

Hey, try to open up your heart
To beauty; go to the woods someday
And weave a wreath of memory there.
Then if the tears obscure your way
You’ll know how wonderful it is
To be alive.