Apparently I’ve made it. On to the notorious Massada 2000 s*&^ list that is. I just received an email from someone wanting to publicize an event and she found a link to my email address from this list. It’s a fascinating website and certainly something in line with an article I’m writing now about what it means to be called a self-hating Jew. Now I understand why someone who posted a comment on my Blog mistakenly thought that I started a Boise Queer Film Festival and why I have a 12 year old daughter who I’m raising on my own. Both news to me.
In any case, I will post the email message from this person as I think it’s worth publicizing:
Help needed to put on the World Premiere of a Cantata for Rachel Corrie
Patrons: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown , Professor Noam Chomsky, Julie Christie, Sir Richard Eyre, Moris Farhi MBE, Uri Fruchtmann, Dr. Jane Manning OBE, Susie Orbach, Dr. Ilan Pappe, Anthony Payne, John Pilger, Harold Pinter, Sir Antony Sher, Clare Short MP, Baroness Jenny Tonge, Susannah York
Supporters: The Corrie Family, Jocelyn Hurndall, Afif Safieh, former Palestinian General Delegate to the UK, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Jeremy Hardy, Miriam Karlin, Miriam Margolyes OBE, Musicians Against Nuclear Arms, Andy de la Tour, Frances de la Tour, Lynne Reid Banks, Jews for Justice for Palestinians*, Jewish Socialists’ Group, Just Peace UK, International Solidarity Movement, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Council for Arab-British Understanding
I am writing to tell you about the exciting World Premiere of the cantata for Rachel Corrie, “The Skies are Weeping” by Philip Munger. It will take place at the Hackney Empire, London on November 1st as part of a multicultural concert, to commemorate all who have been lost to the Occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. The second movement of the work is dedicated to British photographer, Tom Hurndall who was also killed in Rafah, Gaza.
‘The Skies are Weeping¹ is the only known major classical piece to have been written about these events and therefore has much potential for publicity and reaching a new, uninformed audience. It had to be withdrawn from its premiere in Alaska due to safety concerns for the student performers: the composer and soprano soloist had received email and telephone threats. I am sure you will agree that music, can and should deal with controversial topics, and that this should be heard, free from prejudiced attack. As the right-wing seem to be more tolerant in the UK, we see this as a real second chance for the World Premiere. Tickets are on sale, but we still need funds up front. Any surplus funds from donations and tickets will be given to the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions and the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. As you will see, Noam Chomsky is one of our patrons.
The concert will also feature Palestinian and Israeli music and the Dabke dance group, Al Hurriyya. We are hoping that the event will bring Jews and Muslims together in Hackney, a poor part of London.
For more details, please see http://weepingskies.blogspot.com or email: email@example.com Anyone sending donations of $150 or more will be listed in the programme, unless they request otherwise and will be invited to our reception afterwards. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Skies are Weeping’ project and sent to: ‘The Skies are Weeping’, PO Box 34265, London NW5 2WD. UK