Houston Holocaust survivor turns sorrow into sweet melodies

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HOUSTON, TX – Memories of the holocaust rarely create moments of joy and inspiration. Al Marks, though, is able to turn an era of sorrow into sweet melodies.

“I am a retired big band orchestral leader, who spent all his life in music, and the museum approached me and asked me if I would develop something special for the anniversary and that’s the beginning of how the whole program developed tonight,” said Marks.

A four camp, holocaust survivor, who was just fortunate enough to turn his childhood dream of becoming a musician into reality over the years, presents an evening of opera melodies and inspirational stories.

“We have a beautiful program that I prepared with my husband, half of which is opera aria, and half of which is operetta arias.”

“I’m very honored and humbled to participate in this concert that is going to honor the victims from the holocaust and very happy to participate and put some joy into people, through my voice.”

“I’m the accompanist for the soprano and tenor, delighted to be performing with them, it’s a great honor. I’m also a second generation holocaust survivor.  I’m Mr. Marks’ oldest daughter and this is such an honor to be here and such defiance to WWII and the holocaust…”

This is all part of the Holocaust Museum of Houston’s 17th anniversary. An evening of inspiration, recognition and beautiful opera.