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Iron & Coal

Friday, January 10, 2020 - Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8:00pm

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The Junior Ensemble performs in this rock-opera in the 2020 Prototype Festival.

Iron & Coal
composed, created, and performed JEREMY SCHONFELD
January 10, 11 at 8pm
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
90 minutes

“Part rock anthem, part off-Broadway musical, part singer-songwriter opus, the stirringly wistful music regularly gathers swelling forcefulness, with snowballing orchestral textures and catchy, urgent rhythms.”
– Washington Post

A searing rock-opera, Iron & Coal zeros in on the relationship between a father and son in the shadow of the Holocaust. Taking inspiration from his father, an Auschwitz survivor, composer Jeremy Schonfeld weaves together his personal experiences with excerpts from his father’s memoir Absence of Closure. The ghosts of a vanished world mix with the present, brought to life through animation, a rock band, an orchestra, and multigenerational choruses, to celebrate the indomitable spirit of our ancestors and the legacy we carry with us.