Third Mother/Mother's Lament
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From The Associated Press
October 3, 2002
L.A. Chorus Honors Pearl Family
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Master Chorale
has debuted a song dedicated to the parents of slain
Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Pearl's father, Judea, is a former conductor of LA
Shir, a Los Angeles Hebrew choir. He had retired just
days before his son's abduction in January.
"Haem Hashlishit (Mother's Lament)," an
a cappella work written by Sharon Farber, was sung
in its world premiere on Sunday at the Dorothy Chandler
Farber, who served as Judea Pearl's former arranger,
is the new conductor of LA Shir. She said the work,
inspired by a poem, was an expression of her feelings.
"When I came across Nathan Alterman's poem, I
knew I had to use it to compose a piece that would
portray every mother's worst fear," Farber said
in a statement.
"I began writing the piece when Daniel was kidnapped
and completed it after his death," she said. "It
is dedicated to Judea and Ruth Pearl, his parents,
as well as to every parent who has ever lost a child."
Pearl, who was kidnapped and slain by terrorists in
Pakistan, was a violinist, fiddler and mandolin player.