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 10, 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.
“What we have learned from works like Hamilton and other cutting-edge treatments of historical content is that the contemporary language of pop, rock, rap, and visual media are powerful tools to bring new audiences to our shared history and the lessons it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
The Defiant Requiem Foundation
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
Washington Jewish Week