Composer attends exclusive viewing

In front of Avon Theatre, from left Rabbi Vicki Axe of Congregation Shir Ami, Charles Fox, Nina Fox, Joan Fox and Harold Axe.

In front of Avon Theatre, from left Rabbi Vicki Axe of Congregation Shir Ami, Charles Fox, Nina Fox, Joan Fox and Harold Axe.

Just in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day, acclaimed Hollywood composer and songwriter Charles Fox flew into town on behalf of Congregation Shir Ami of Greenwich for an exclusive showing of the internationally recognized and award-winning Holocaust film 100 Voices, a Journey Home on April 4.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Shir Ami hosted a pre-film benefit reception at Quattro Pazzi with Mr. Fox as guest of honor. Mr. Fox mingled with more than 60 patrons, including congregation members and friends in the community, as well as people closely associated with and/or featured in the film.

Mr. Fox is best known for the Grammy Award-winning song Killing Me Softly with His Song and is the musical director of the film. The film chronicles a concert tour of American cantors in Poland, under Mr. Fox’s musical direction, performing in major concert halls from Warsaw to Krakow, culminating in an emotional memorial at Auschwitz.

Shir Ami and Mr. Fox have been connected for years through the town of Szydlowiec, Poland, shown in the film, which is the birthplace of Mr. Fox’s father, who emigrated to America before WWII. It is also the original home of Shir Ami’s Torah, where it was saved and hidden by a Polish Catholic family during the war until its discovery 60 years later.

Mr. Fox also gave a post-film Q&A for the 200 film enthusiasts in attendance. Six children of Holocaust survivors from the town of Sydlewiec, Poland and five of the cantors who were featured in the film were in attendance for the benefit and film showing.

For more information about Congregation Shir Ami, visit Congregationshirami.com.

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