It was an epic event, whose performers spanned generations, nationalities and religions, all joining together to celebrate Holocaust survivors and to continue perpetuating Holocaust education throughout the world.
The Last Survivor Concert was an effort of The Last Survivor Foundation which uses music, art and film to educate the younger generation about the Holocaust.
Featuring a 21 piece symphony orchestra and starring Israeli singing legend Dudu Fisher, the concert was a gala event that also featured child prodigy Silas Brown of Missouri, film actor Adam Margules, the Las Vegas debut of the Holocaust Survivor Klezmer and Multicultural Band and a partial screening of the still-in-progress film “The Last Survivor”, which includes interviews of Holocaust survivors and will incorporate footage of the Las Vegas weekend.
800 people gathered at The Venetian in Las Vegas on Saturday night December 14th to take part in this major musical production. Fisher brought the audience to its feet on numerous occasions through his performance which included dancers and multi-media segments and he paid a heartfelt tribute to the over 100 Holocaust survivors in the audience. The son of Holocaust survivors, Fisher also sang a Yiddish medley with the Holocaust Survivor Band.
Several outstanding individuals were honored for their contributions to Holocaust education including philanthropists Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, Sigmund Rolat and Commander Eugene Lebovitz.
The Last Survivor concert, a Sparks Next production directed and produced by Daniel Finkelman, featured seven original songs composed for the event by executive producer Cecelia Margules, a second generation Holocaust survivor. The show also featured the artistic talents of Zvika Bornstein who choreographed and co-directed the event. Lighting direction was by Mendy Baron.
Buoyed by the success of the Las Vegas concert, Finkelman hopes to continue expanding the reach of The Last Survivor Foundation to reach an even wider audience.
“Our goal is to export this show to New York, LA, and Miami, so more people can have the opportunity to salute our true heroes: the Holocaust survivors,” said Finkelman.