'The Transportation': Greek composer, pianist pays tribute to Holocaust victims through music


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- International Holocaust Remembrance Day was observed Monday night at the Women’s Athletic Club of Chicago with a special concert.

It was the world premier of the work that Greek composer and pianist Michael Karras calls “The Transportation.”

He said he was moved to pay tribute to the children by images of them lined up to board trains to concentration camps.

Dr. Mimis Cohen, who attended the concert, said he was also moved by the accompanying slideshow of children boarding trains.

"The pictures were not only acute signals to the audience, but Karras throughout his emotions in the performance from glancing at the photos. The end result was what the composer intended - a visceral and musical compilation to render the audience aware and involved with the horrors of the Holocaust," Dr. Cohen said.

The composer wrote, "I cannot change the past, but I can make sure that these children are not forgotten. Through the healing power of music, I pay tribute."