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The 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht will be commemorated with “Voices of the Holocaust,” a concert presented by the combined choirs of 22 local Jewish synagogues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Strathmore Hall, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda.

The choirs will be joined by the Juniata College Concert Choir and an ensemble of local cantors and music directors from Reform and Conservative Jewish congregations. The musical accompaniment will be provided by members of the Columbia Orchestra. All musicians will conducted by Jason Love.

The choral work highlights melodies from the ghettos and concentration camps of Europe and is a tribute to all who endured the Holocaust.

The work, arranged by Sheridan Seyfried, comprises 22 songs structured as a dramatic cantata in five parts and is 80 minutes long. Sound clips are available at http://sheridanseyfried.com/voices_of_the_holocaust.htm

There will be a discussion with Seyfried at 6:30 p.m., moderated by Tara D. Sonenshine, former under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Kristallnacht was the Nov. 9, 1938, attack against Germany’s Jewish population. On that “night of broken glass,” Nazi storm troopers and German citizens ransacked Jewish synagogues, homes and businesses.

Tickets, from $36 to $54, can be purchased from the Strathmore box office and online at strathmore.org/eventstickets/calendar/view.asp?id=9788.