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Horvath Multimedia Theater Piece

On Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. alumna Janet Horvath will perform a multimedia theatre piece in Sundin Music Hall. This 30-minute multi-media, anti-racism performance piece called "It's Not Too Late to Stop the Hate," was developed to tell her parents’ story of surviving the Holocaust in verse, while 180 personal and archival photos are projected in a PowerPoint, and weaving in current genocides. At key moments of the performance, Horvath plays her cello. The hope is that the power of art will stimulate creative conversations between diverse groups.

Horvath is the former associate principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra, and recently received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. As a child of Holocaust survivors, Horvath was haunted by the eerie hush surrounding her parents’ experiences. Music, a constant mollifying presence, offset the disquiet of her childhood. After decades of secrets, Horvath was able to unearth the mysteries of her parents’ deeply hidden traumas, and since then, the burdens and responsibilities of her heritage have shaped her life. Through writing and musical performances, she creates restorative conversations, offers spiritual sustenance, and explores music’s life-bringing and healing power like her father did before her.