Iron & Coal

Iron & Coal

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 8pm

Friday, May 4, 2018, 8pm

The Music Center

$43 - $77

Survivor. And Son.

Soaring world premiere portrays a father-son relationship built in the shadow of the Holocaust.

Iron & Coal is a powerful new theatrical concert by acclaimed composer and performer Jeremy Schonfeld. Inspired by the memoir of Schonfeld’s father, who spent a year in the Auschwitz concentration camp at the age of ten, this soaring production strives to find meaning in a life and relationship built in the shadow of the Holocaust. The ghosts of a distant and vanished world, both of horror and the iron will to survive, mix with the present in this remarkable world-premiere production. 

Featuring dramatic visuals, a rock band, full orchestra, and over 120 adult and youth voices, Iron & Coal is a larger-than-life production that celebrates the indomitable spirit of our ancestors and the legacy we carry with us.

Jeremy Schonfeld

“What we have learned from works like Hamilton and other cutting-edge treatments of historical content is that the contemporary language of pop, rock, rap, and visual media are powerful tools to bring new audiences to our shared history and the lessons it offers.” —Strathmore Artistic Director Joi Brown

Iron & Coal

Music & Lyrics by Jeremy Schonfeld
Directed by Kevin Newbury
Music Direction & Arrangements by David Bloom
Choreography by Natalie Lomonte
Animation by Tom Seltzer

Featuring Jeremy Schonfeld, Rinde Eckert, Lincoln Clauss, and Contemporaneous
Also featuring Alexandria Harmonizers, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore, Young Artists of America, and Strathmore Children’s Chorus

Produced by Strathmore and Beth Morrison Projects

Based on the original concept album Iron & Coal by Jeremy Schonfeld

Promotional Partners:
The Defiant Requiem Foundation
Bender JCC of Greater Washington

Media Partner: 
Washington Jewish Week 

This performance will run approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.


Bring a Group

Bring your synagogue, school, church, or any group to Iron & Coal! Groups receive discounts on tickets, customized options, and concierge service. Email or call 301.581.5199 to learn more or book your group.

Learn More

Strathmore strives to provide additional content to enhance patrons’ experiences and understanding of the works on stage. Read on for opportunities to deepen your knowledge, and check back for updates.

Online Content
Learn about the cast and creative team bringing this project to life
Read the story behind the creation of Iron & Coal in “Survivor, Son & Song
Follow along on Facebook, #IRONandCOAL

Companion Events
Introduction to Writing from Family History, Mondays, April 16–May 14, registration required
Preconcert Lecture: Let Their Stories Be Told: The Holocaust in Art and Culture, Thu, May 3, free with concert ticket, registration highly recommended
Post-concert Q&A with the Artists, Thu, May 3, free with concert ticket, no registration required
Preconcert Lecture: Beyond Survival: The Journey of Gustav Schonfeld, May 4, free with concert ticket, registration highly recommended


Producer Tickets: $175

Strathmore thanks patrons who purchased premium Producer Tickets for opening night of Iron & Coal. You will be recognized in the show program for your contribution to this world-premiere production. Thank you for your support and investment in the arts! 

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