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Holocaust Museum Houston’s New $34 Million Center Spotlights the Anne Frank Story

This Musical Masterpiece Guarantees Future Collaborations

BY // 09.26.19

What: The Houston Chamber Choir presentation of Annelies: The Diary of Anne Frank

Where: Holocaust Museum Houston

PC Moment: British composer James Whitbourn, the genius behind the musical masterpiece, joined the evening inauguration of the Mady and Ken Kades Stage in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater for the musical presentation and for a discussion on the involved process of creating the choral work. Whitbourn’s oratorio had its world premiere with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in England in 2005.

The Kadeses joined Holocaust Museum CEO Kelly J. Zúñiga in the official ribbon cutting of the stage, which was part of the museum’s $34 million expansion. The success of this inaugural collaboration between the Houston Chamber Choir and Holocaust Museum Houston promises future joint projects, as choral managing director Mariam Khalili noted in her remarks to the gathering of 200.

PC Seen: Holocaust Museum Houston board chair Benjamin Warren, Houston Chamber Choir founder and artistic director Robert Simpson and wife Marianna Parnas Simpson, Houston Chamber Choir board president Richard Kellogg, Kathryn Ketelsen, Heidi and Davd Massin, Alison and Chris Bell, Matthew Dirst, Mary Anne and Bob Wilkins, Liliya and Matthew Kades, Michelle Bercow, Linda Lorelle and Lou Gregory, Zahava Haenosh, Nancy Li-Tarim and Dr. Soner Tarim, Jane and Dean Gladden, Leisa Holland-Nelson and Bob Homan, and Rob Melrose.

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