Vessels Of Courage And Hope "Vessels of Courage and Hope" is the name of a new orchestral work by Shulamit Ran. She's Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and winner of the 1991 Pulitzer for music. The work is being premiered by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It was inspired by the story of the S.S. President Warfield, built in Baltimore. In 1947, a Baltimore businessman put up all of the money to refit the ship - in secret - as a blockade runner. It was renamed the Exodus and, carrying 4500 Jewish refugees, it attempted to steam into British-occupied Palestine. The Exodus was stopped and its' passengers were taken to detention camps in Germany. The incident helped precipitate the United Nations partition of Palestine. Ran is Israeli and the work commemorates Israel's 50th and Baltimore's part in it. The work is performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. NPR's Dean Olsher reports. (7:45) ((ST

Vessels Of Courage And Hope

Vessels Of Courage And Hope

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"Vessels of Courage and Hope" is the name of a new orchestral work by Shulamit Ran. She's Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and winner of the 1991 Pulitzer for music. The work is being premiered by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It was inspired by the story of the S.S. President Warfield, built in Baltimore. In 1947, a Baltimore businessman put up all of the money to refit the ship - in secret - as a blockade runner. It was renamed the Exodus and, carrying 4500 Jewish refugees, it attempted to steam into British-occupied Palestine. The Exodus was stopped and its' passengers were taken to detention camps in Germany. The incident helped precipitate the United Nations partition of Palestine. Ran is Israeli and the work commemorates Israel's 50th and Baltimore's part in it. The work is performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. NPR's Dean Olsher reports. (7:45) ((ST