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An experiential workshop on collecting stories/interviewing, song-writing, and documentary arts for place-based classroom studies



An experiential workshop on collecting stories / interviewing, song-writing, and documentary arts for place-based classroom studies

13 Contact Hours (CEUs available)
Option to earn 1 graduate credit

Four sessions:
Saturday October 15th, 1:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday October 18th, 6:30-9:30 pm
Tuesday October 25th, 6:30-9:30 pm
Saturday, October 29th, 1:00-4:00 pm

Location: The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, The Roxbury Room (Upper Level), 25 Roxbury Street, Keene, NH 03431

Workshop Fee: $350 (Option: To earn 1 graduate credit, add $229 Keene State University fee.)

Register by Friday September 23rd: Send $20 non-refundable registration fee with your contact information (name, email, phone number, address) to Tricinium Verbatim Workshop, 25 Roxbury Street, Mailbox #117, Keene, NH, 03431. We will confirm your registration via email. Remaining balance is due at first workshop session (October 15th). Checks payable to: Tricinium Ltd.

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Workshop Description:
In this workshop teachers gain hands-on experience conducting a "Verbatim Project." Participants will learn to do oral history - conducting a group interview with a local elder and transcribing portions of it for subsequent creative work. Participants will use the arts to deeply engage with the interview material - playfully exploring word rhythms, crafting poems and songs about the interviewee using text taken verbatim (word for word) from the interview. Participants will collaborate on a culminating integrated arts performance. This workshop will introduce participants to narrative song (song that tells a story) and to documentary works that variously integrate song, music, and visual arts with the use of people's own words about their lived experience. Teachers will consider the educational application of the Verbatim Project process across all grade levels - with core ideas, resources, and activities for place-based social studies curriculum and arts-integrated learning that builds community and fosters a sense of place, history, culture, and civic engagement. No prior music/arts experience necessary. Contact us for syllabus and to learn additional requirements for earning graduate credit.

About the Instructors:
Dr. Lawrence Siegel is an acclaimed composer, musical theater director, and musician. Dr. Kari Smith is a renown educator, folklorist / historian, and community leader in traditional music and dance. They work together through Tricinium Limited, their non-profit organization whose mission is to harness the power of the arts to nurture civic engagement. Tricinium's signature work, the Verbatim Project, was conceived by Dr. Siegel.

MAY 23, 2015

perception, a cabaret opera and portrait of tony barrand
Experience Perception: A cabaret opera, a musical portrait of the great English singer, dancer and scholar of traditional styles, Tony Barrand.

An all-star cast comprised of luminaries from the world of traditional music, including Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, Peter Amidon, Fred Breunig, Andy Davis, and others, alongside baritone John Moore, a rising star on many of the world?s leading opera stages, tells Tony's story.

We're having a great time with the project, there has been a huge outpouring of interest, it will almost certainly sell out.

Perception will be performed twice, at 7 and 8:30 on the evening of Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, at the All Souls Unitarian Church in Brattleboro, VT.

Tickets are $10 and available online at Brown Paper Tickets.


kaddish composer lawrence siegel
Rochester, NY - The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) kicks off the New Year with a very special concert event, Kaddish - "I am Here," on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets start at $15/$10 for students.

Kaddish, named for the Jewish prayer for the dead, is a one-hour cycle of 15 original songs for orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists. It was commissioned in 2005 by the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College (NH) to commemorate its 25th anniversary. Dividing the work into three sections - The World Before, The Holocaust, and Tikkun Olam ("Repair the World") - composer Lawrence Siegel also created the libretto, drawn primarily from his first-hand interviews with Holocaust survivors and sung in Hebrew, English and German. The score also incorporates elements of folk songs and Klezmer music (traditional Jewish music, originating in Eastern Europe). This choral masterpiece is intended to raise awareness of genocide as an ongoing global crisis, and was described by the Houston Examiner as "sweet, shocking, melancholy, uplifting, horrific, and finally, powerfully triumphant." Please visit for more information.

Led by guest conductor Eugene Tzigane, Kaddish will feature a 165-voice community chorus made up of Rochester Oratorio Society (Eric Townell, director) singers as well as vocalists from area temples. Vocal soloists are Rebecca Shorstein (soprano), Carla Dirlikov (mezzo-soprano), Dominic Armstrong (tenor) and John Moore (baritone).

The concert coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Allied Forces liberation of the World War II Nazi concentration camps, and will open with Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1, Op. 41. Weinberg, a Polish Jew, lost most of his family in the Trawniki concentration camp. Following the Weinberg piece, award-winning composer Siegel himself will participate in a brief discussion onstage prior to the Rochester debut of his work.

"A window is closing. As the youngest Holocaust survivors now approach their nineties, it is more important than ever to hear their stories," says Siegel. "I hope that Kaddish, by singing the actual words of Holocaust survivors, will provide a living link from those who actually remember this uniquely tragic chapter of human history, to those who will only know of it as history. May the work create empathy, and may that empathy motivate those who hear it to take a stand against genocide."

The approximately 50 local Holocaust survivors will be invited to attend this third of the 2014/15 season's Special Concerts free of charge. Additionally, the RPO recently coordinated a roundtable discussion with leaders in the Jewish community to discuss education and outreach opportunities; dates for these events will be announced soon. Kaddish sponsors are the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the William and Sheila Konar Foundation, Elise and Stephen Rosenfeld, Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess.

Except where noted, tickets for all of the above concerts start at $23, and may be purchased in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main Street) and at all Wegmans That's T.H.E. Ticket! locations, by phone at (585) 454-2100, or online at The 2014/15 season is presented by Dawn & Jacques Lipson.


kaddish at yad vashem, jerusalem, israel

"Kaddish", music and libretto by Dr. Lawrence Siegel, was performed in the presence of the Speaker of the Knesset, the Honorable Reuvin Riflin. This by invitation concert took place on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm in Warsaw Ghetto Squre, Yad Vashem Har Hazilkaron, Jerusalem. The concert featured Gil Shohat conducting the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra with soloists, Maria Jette, soprano, Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano, Thomas Cooley, tenor, James Bohn, baritone, and The New Israeli Vocal Ensemble, Chorusmaster Yuval Ben-Ozer.

kaddish at yad vashem, jerusalem, israelKaddish is a unique work consisting of fifteen original songs for chorus, soloists and orchestra. The stirring libretto is fashioned largely from testimonies of Holocaust survivors. Kaddish opens a window onto the lives of survivors of the Shoah, and commemorates the six million Jews murdered.

Watch Kaddish Performed at Yad Vashem

Kaddish at Yad Vashem Photo Gallery

More information on Kaddish at Yad Vashem is available on the Yad Vashem webiste.


'Houston Symphony: Kaddish - 'I Am Here' Sat., November 27, Houston,
Complete article in PDF format [2.2 MB]

...After the intermission came Kaddish, which enough cannot be said about. It was sweet, shocking, melancholy, uplifting, horrific, and finally, powerfully triumpant. With several Holocaust survivors present being introduced from the audience, then the grand and dramatic production with the full Houston Symphony, the full Houston Symphony Chorus, plus the four singing narrative soloists, all under the steady hand of Maestro Hans Graf, it was a large, moving, stupendous production.

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It had the dramatic intensity and weight of the largest and most dramatic grand operas. But unlike opera, which is usually based on legend or mythology, this is "real." It is the "truth." It is history. And we know this because it is a first person testimonial by people still living, several of whom were present in the room that night. The first person testimonials being sung powerfully by the vocal soloists, echoed by the expansive and soaring Houston Symphony Chorus behind them.

Most of us only know the Holocaust from documentary footage, or from narrative motion pictures. But Kaddish is not a documentary. Not a fiction. It is a very personal testimony from several people who lived through it, and it is alternately poetic, angry, wistful, horrific, melancholic, and humanly philosophical. It is a story that questions faith and destiny, while recounting memories of events that were haunting, disturbing, horrible, disgusting, and shameful.

It is an unforgivable story. It is a practically unbelievable story, that human beings could ever act so cruelly...and yet it is still told in an overwhelmingly human, real, and heartfelt way.

A very powerful moment toward the end was when a littany of real non-survivor names was read en masse in overlapping fashion by the Houston Symphony Chorus. Starting with everyone, then just the women, then everyone again, then just the women again. Then fewer and fewer women's voices, until finally there was just one...and then it too, was silent.


This is also a bigger story than we usually see. It covers the saga from before WWII, and during WWII, and after WWII, and until today. We get the feeling of experiencing the entire story cycle, from now. It is a huge story.

Yes, the chorus sounded beautiful. And yes, the symphony sounded wonderful. And yes, the soloists sang powerfully and movingly. But it is all in the service of telling this horrific, and yet ultimately courageous and heroic story. In this respect the star of the show must be Lawrence Siegel and his amazing, classically oratorial, symphonic, compositional achievement. And yet even Mr. Siegel does not do this for himself. He does it for the Holocaust survivors, and for all the people who did not survive the Holocaust. And to tell this horrible story, in the most artistically beautiful way possible, so that people can understand what happened. He succeeded admirably. Plus he had a lot of very talented help along the way, and in this amazing performance. It is an unquestioned triumph. And extremely emotional to sit through.

How does one feel good after seeing and hearing a performance like this? Because ultimately it is a story of triumph.

The best feeling that can be taken away from this story, and this extraordinary historical musical event, is that:

...the evil criminals,

The Survivors Won.

And Bravo! to them...


SymphonyCast logo Last week's World Premiere of the large orchestra version of Kaddish is featured this week on SymphonyCast, a two-hour weekly radio program broadcast on many public radio stations. The concert features Hans Graf conducting the Houston Symphony and Houston Symphony Chorus, with soloists Jessica Rivera, soprano, Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano, Chad Shelton, tenor, and James Maddalena, baritone. It will be broadcast Monday, November 29 through Sunday, December 5. See the list of stations for show times in your area, or listen online anytime.


Lawrence Siegel selected as "Best Granite State Composer" by New Hampshire Magazine in their July 2010 annual Best of NH edition.


Tricinium has been awarded a two year grant from the Badger Monadnock Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

The grant has been awarded for the development of Tricinium's new Fellow Citizens Project. Fellow Citizens will be a series of works whose texts will come from interviews with people from all walks of life who are fully engaged in civic life. The stories will focus on anecdotes which take the audience on a journey from youth to adulthood, and explore a relationship between childhood experiences and a mature sense of civic engagement. Along the way, dilemmas of the human experience as regards civics and civility will emerge: for example, tensions between individual attainment and community service, or the complex enticements of power. Ultimately the stories will resolve into celebration of the common good, a story one cannot tell, or hear, too often!

The Fellow Citizens Project follows upon a twenty year record of highly acclaimed community projects led by Lawrence Siegel, Artistic Director of Tricinium. Known as Verbatim Projects, they have resulted in innovative, original works of music theater by and about communities around New Hampshire - including many Monadnock Region towns, such as Peterborough, Harrisville, Nelson, and Westmoreland - and across the country. Siegel's recent oratorio, Kaddish, featured testimony of survivors of the Holocaust, employing a writing process similar to that which will be used in Fellow Citizens.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has been improving the quality of life in New Hampshire communities since 1962. It builds and manages a collection of charitable funds, totaling nearly $490 million, created by individuals, families, and corporations. The Foundation is non-partisan, frequently playing the role of convener and catalyst on a broad spectrum of issues that affect New Hampshire. Based in Concord, the Foundation roots itself in communities across the state through seven regions including Lakes, Manchester, Monadnock, Nashua, North Country, Piscataqua and Upper Valley. For more information about the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, visit, or call 603-225-6641.

For more information about Tricinium browse this site, and the check back for updates on the Fellow Citizens Project, or call 603-355-8353.


Litany is the the turning point in the Kaddish narrative. It begins the final section of the work, Tikkun Olam, (Repair of the World) meant to find some way to move forward from the ashes. It consists only of spoken words, and only these words: the names, dates and places of birth, dates and places of death of 2,037 from among the millions who perished in the five extermination camps of the Nazis during the height of the Holocaust: 1942-44. The movement begins with a single voice, and we can clearly hear what is being intoned. One by one, voices enter, with ever-increasing frequency and soon the audience hears a cacophony of voices. There is a loud unintelligible buzz, like in a densely packed train station, as each individual on stage- chorus, soloist, instrumentalist- recites the names on his or her individual list.

In creating Litany, Lawrence Siegel asked Meagan Blais, a Keene State College sophomore who was his assistant as he was preparing the piece during 2007-2008, to go to the Yad Vashem database and find this information. Meagan soon became obsessed with the challenge: even this basic information about so many people known to have perished was difficult to find. The 2,037 souls who are named in Litany stand, in Kaddish, for the 6,000,000 Jews and millions and millions of others who died and whose memories are so extinguished as not to allow for even this simple naming. Anyone who participates in performing Litany and anyone who hears it, comes away haunted by the souls he or she is charged with naming, and moved to live on their behalf in some measure.

In performance of the whole work, Siegel's setting of the Mourner's Kaddish follows Litany. It is strongly encouraged that those wishing to perform Litany follow it with Kaddish Prayer; thus the two movements are offered together. In the Jewish tradition, Kaddish is said for those personally dear to us: our friends or relatives. We who perform Litany are "claiming" those whom we name as our own, and in some way doing our part to let them find peace.

The CD-ROM contains the following:

  • Creating Kaddish, an Introduction (PDF)
  • Litany Conductor's Score (PDF)
  • Litany Pronunciation Guide (PDF)
  • Litany Names (PDF)
  • Litany World Premiere Recording (MP3 and WAV)
  • Kaddish Prayer Score for Piano and Baritone (PDF)
  • Kaddish Prayer World Premiere Recording (MP3 and WAV)

For more information about Kaddish visit the Kaddish Project web site or contact the publisher: Larilea 128 Paine Rd. Westmoreland, NH 03467 603-355-8353


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World Premiere Performance recorded live with the 130-voice VocalEssence Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Philip Brunelle, featuring soprano Maria Jette, mezzo Krista J. Palmquist, tenor Anders Eckman and bass-baritone James Bohn, at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 15, 2008. Kaddish is an hour-long oratorio for chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra, whose libretto is fashioned from the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust. Kaddish tells their stories in their own words, providing a window into their lives, allowing us to share their experience directly. As the youngest of the survivors approach their eighties and nineties, this window is beginning to close. Kaddish will allow us to hear their voices forever.

Of this premiere performance of Kaddish, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said: "... In its lyrical simplicity, the music created an emotional connection to the story. Kaddish had a gravitas and an emotional immediacy that made even the familiar story of the Holocaust fresh and compelling." The Minnesota Pioneer Press said: "... Joy of a kind born in resiliency emerges like a glow of white light in the final section of Lawrence Siegel's oratorio ... the impact of the conclusion is thrilling."

For more information about Kaddish visit the Kaddish Project web site.


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On November 23rd, 2010, a full symphonic version of Kaddish will be premiereed by the Houston Symphony and Houston Symphony Chorus. In the period leading up to that performance, a series of significant workshops and presentations will feature the composer and Holocaust survivors. These activities will be produced by Holocaust Museum Houston in partnership with the Houston Symphony.


As Kaddish gets ready for its prime time performance by the Houston Symphony and Houston Symphony Chorus, with a stellar group of soloists conducted by Maestro Hans Graf, check out this feature article in the Sunday, November 21st Houston Chronicle.

And check back often with us in coming weeks and months as we roll out plans for the September 8th, 2011 performance of Kaddish by the Jerusalem Symphony, and more!


vocalore poster

Tricinium is pleased to announce VOCALORE: Homegrown Music, Poetry and Food. With concerts on April 17th and 18th, our spring event features the premieres of two new works by 2009 New Hampshire Artist Fellow, composer Lawrence Siegel, well-known New Hampshire performers including soprano Peggo Horstmann Hodes, violinist Sarah Atwood, pianists Robert Merfeld and Calvin Herst, and a special appearance by 2009 New Hampshire Artist Fellow, poet Jennifer Militello. A reception following the concert will feature fresh (LOCALVORE) food and drink, much of it graciously donated by regional partners including the Brattleboro Food Coop, Poocham Hill Winery, the Inn at East Hill Farm and Cabot Creamery, with catering provided by First Course.

There are two performances: Saturday, April 17th, 7:30 p.m. at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Sullivan, NH, and Sunday, April 18th, 4 p.m. at Concord Community Music School, Concord, NH. Admission is free! (donation is welcome).

In addition to bringing our community together around local arts and local food, this concert constitutes Siegel's "report to the NH Community" occasioned by his receipt of a 2009 Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. In addition to his creation of two new pieces which will premiere at the concerts, there will be a poetry reading by Jennifer Militello, herself a 2009 Fellow. The performers are well known and admired throughout New England and beyond:

  • Peggo Hodes has a wide-ranging career with art song, cabaret, and leading vocal workshops and is married to NH second district Congressman Paul Hodes.
  • Robert Merfeld has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America including at festivals such as Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor, and Marlboro.
  • Calvin Hirst is director of education and community partnerships at the Concord Community Music School, and frequently performs with Peggo Hodes
  • Sarah Atwood, 18 years old, placed first in New Hampshire's All State Music Festival as a freshman, won first in division in New England Music Festival, was winner of the Windham Orchestra Concerto Competition, and winner in the Musical Club of Hartford Competition
  • Jennifer Militello is the author of Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Prize, and of the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail (Finishing Line Press, 2006), and is currently a professor at River Valley Community College in Claremont, New Hampshire.

Fresh local food, and food services will be provided by:

  • Brattleboro Food Co-op, a center of local food and community culture in Brattleboro, VT and throughout the region.
  • Poocham Hill Winery, a cottage winery in the hills of Westmoreland, NH.
  • Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy, NH, farm family vacation resort, providing an authentic farm experience.
  • Cabot Creamery Cooperative, owned by dairy farm families since 1919, proudly producing the "World's Best Cheddar."
  • The True Nut Company, NH maple made roasted almonds.
  • First Course, transforming lives through culinary training.


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On Tuesday, April 21 2009, Yom Ha Shoah, Performance Today, the nationally syndicated classical music radio program, presented selections from a major new choral work: Kaddish, written and composed by Lawrence Siegel. For a limited period you may listen online at the Performance Today Archives.

Performance Today features live concerts by famous artists in concert halls around the globe, and is one of America's most popular classical music radio programs, with more than 1.2 million weekly listeners on 237 stations around the country. To find your local station and airtime, go to:

For more information about Kaddish please contact the publisher: Larilea 128 Paine Rd. Westmoreland, NH 03467 603-355-8353


Monadnock Tales and the world premiere of The Light Staccato of Souls
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Recorded in October 2007 at Peterborough Players, Peterborough, NH. Monadnock Tales features an extraordinary, book length poem by Edie Clark. The combined work for chamber ensemble and narrator is a symphonic poem unique in the intricacy of its dialogue between words and music. This chamber version, narrated by Tom Putnam, is performed by a wonderful group of instrumentalists who have made it their own.

The Light Staccato of Souls was commissioned by Tom Putnam in memory of his father, David F. Putnam, a visionary and global citizen committed to his communities. Encompassing three winning entries from Tricinium's poetry contest on the theme of community, these songs emerged as love songs demonstrating the passion of people for the personal, local and everyday: our families, friends, partners, associates and neighbors.

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