The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present three multimedia performances in early May of Verdi’s Catholic mass, “Requiem,” in a program to honor prisoners held at the Nazi Terezín concentration camp during World War II.

“Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín” will be performed May 4 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, and May 6 and 7 in Orchestra Hall.

The May 7 performance will be webcast as part of the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series.

Terezín’s prisoners included a number of accomplished musicians, who formed a camp orchestra. In one of the war’s uglier ironies, they were compelled to play the “Requiem” in 1944 for Nazi officials and a visiting delegation from the International Red Cross.

The concerts will be conducted by Murry Sidlin, the creator, president, and artistic director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, which presents concerts and other events, and offers programs for Holocaust education.

Some 33,000 prisoners perished at Terezín, also known as Theresienstadt, while another 88,000 were deported to Auschwitz and other extermination camps.

Programs related to the May performances will include a screening of the “Defiant Requiem” documentary, as well as lectures.

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‘Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín’

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

7:30 p.m., May 4

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

27375 Bell, Southfield

Tickets: $25 adults, $10 children & students (Click on “Southfield”)

8 p.m., May 6 & 3 p.m. May 7

Orchestra Hall

3711 Woodward, Detroit

(313) 576-5111

Tickets: $15-$100

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