Sun May 22, 2022

Music of Remembrance (2022)

Three Bay Area composers explore issues of belonging, displacement, and new beginnings
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Tres Minutos composed by Nicolas Benavides, with libretto by Marella Martin Koch

World premiere! This one-act opera tells the story of Nila and Diego, a brother and sister who share family bonds but not citizenship. Allowed a brief supervised reunion at the US-Mexico border that separates them, they wrestle with questions of identity, duty and belonging.


Veritas composed by Shinji Eshima

California premiere! A soulful plea against religious intolerance of all kinds. Eshima’s profound musical meditation combines with Kate Duhamel’s video imagery of striking sculptures by Al Farrow to make a powerful statement for today’s world.


Stormy Seas composed by Sahba Aminikia

California premiere! Five true stories of young people who braved hazardous waters in search of safe harbors and new lives: from Nazi Germany, communist Cuba, war-torn Vietnam, Taliban-dominated Afghanistan, and an orphanage in Ivory Coast. The work is a testament to hope and courage, an appeal to our shared humanity.




All ticket buyers are invited to join us at 3:30 p.m. for a pre-concert conversation with composer Nicolas Benavides and librettist Marella Martin Koch.



A limited amount of tickets are available for an outdoor post-show reception, after selecting your seats.



Performer and Creative Team Bios


Nicolas Lell Benavides

Shinji Eshima

Sahba Aminikia


Vocal Soloists:

Vanessa Isiguen, Soprano

Brendon Touhey, Tenor

Jose Rubio, Baritone


Creative Team

Mina Miller, Artistic Director

Erich Parce, Stage Director


Image by Peter Crompton


About Music of Remembrance

Music of Remembrance memorializes the Holocaust through music and honors the resilience of all people excluded or persecuted for their faith, nationality, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. In addition to rediscovering and performing music from the Holocaust, Music of Remembrance has commissioned and premiered more than 30 new works by some of today’s leading composers, drawing on the Holocaust’s lessons to address urgent questions for our own time. Music of Remembrance’s ensemble is drawn from the ranks of the Seattle Symphony.

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COVID-19 Safety

Updated 5/17/22

At the artist’s request, we will be requiring proof of vaccination and that masks be worn indoors. For more information, please see the theatre’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.


Return Policy

The Presidio Theatre allows returns up to 48 hours in advance of a performance. Processing fees cannot be refunded. For more information, please see the theatre’s Return Policy.


Sun, May 22

Run Time

90 minutes including intermission

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