World Premiere of Out of the Ashes of Holocaust by Joshua Fishbein – Business Wire

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IMMORTAL FIRE, a nationwide, digital broadcast concert event, to include pieces from Latvia, England, and America.


Washington Master Chorale (WMC) led by Artistic Director Thomas Colohan, is a critically acclaimed Washington, DC based, sixty-voice professional and volunteer

chorus, nationally recognized for its vocal excellence and unique programing.


Broadcast Friday, May 21, 7 PM ET.



IMMORTAL FIRE is the third and final broadcast concert event of WMCs 11th Season concluding Friday, May 21 with the World Premiere of composer Joshua Fishbeins Out of the Ashes of Holocaust.

Fishbeins composition is based on and inspired by his grandmothers familys struggle to survive the horrors of World War II. In September 1943, the composers grandmother, Josephine Velelli Becker, at age seven, went into hiding with eight other members of her family, protected by a Christian family in Nazi-occupied Greece. The composer observed except for the extraordinary kindness of this family, my grandmothers family would most certainly have perished along with 90 percent of the Greek Jewish community. Because my grandmother survived, I am alive today to tell my familys story through music. Fishbein added, That my children exist is a result of the great humanity shown by the Michalos family, a Christian family, who took in my relatives and sheltered them during World War II.

In 1984, the Michalos family was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, an honorific conferred by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazis.

For viewing and other information, and / or tickets, please visit: or call: (202) 596-8934.

WMC is pleased to again be participating in Do More 24, a Washington, DC area-wide effort to support non-profit organizations including WMC. DM24 EARLY GIVIING started May 3 and continues through an all day, 24-hour giving blitz Wednesday May 19. Learn more about Do More 24 and make a donation by visiting

NOTE TO MEDIA: For additional concert information, or to arrange interview with Composer Joshua Fishbein and / or WMC Artistic Director Thomas Colohan, please contact Michael Darling at (302) 644-7116 or (202) 997-8263 or by email:

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