The Roeper School is pleased to announce that on March 18, 2014, Ela Stein Weissberger, Holocaust Survivor and original cast member of the children’s opera Brundibár, will speak to Middle School students about the role that music and art had on her survival in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp.  This will take place at 1:00pm at The Roeper School’s Birmingham campus located at 1051 Oakland Ave., Birmingham, MI.  This event is not open to the public.  The media is invited to attend.

Brundibár is the story of a brother and a sister who band together with a sparrow, dog, and cat to outwit the evil organ grinder,Brundibár.  Ms. Weissberger played the role of “Cat” in the original production performed 55 times.  The opera was used as a major front for a Red Cross visit to the camp in 1944 and also featured in a Nazi propaganda film.

Ms. Weissberger will be joining the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus for its production of Brundibár at the Detroit Opera House on March 16, 2014.  Three Roeper students, Matteo Papadopoulos, Cooper Blankenburg, and Ryan Blankenburg, are choristers in the MOTCC and will be performing in the production.  At the performance, Ms. Weissberger will speak to the audience about life in the camp and also perform with the children in the final song.  Tickets are available at

Ela Weissberger’s visit to The Roeper School was made possible due to the generous donation from Lori Lutz (’75) and the Lutz Visiting Artist Fund.  A special thank you is extended to Roeper teacher Dee Blankenburg for her efforts in organizing the event. 

Founded in 1941, The Roeper School is a uniquely personalized, coeducational school for gifted and talented children in preschool through grade 12 from over 60 communities in southeast Michigan.  With campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Michigan, Roeper was conceived on founding principles that recognize the power of education, choice and self-expression, and the transformative impact these principles have on young minds. 

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