Arlene Shrut stands out as a premiere collaborative pianist. With her inspiring engagement and expertise, Arlene is one of the most popular coaches in the country. Her magnetic appeal is piloted by her achievements as an artist, teacher, innovator, and advocate, with a commitment to training artists to personally communicate and visually engage with their audiences while reinvigorating performing arts as a whole.

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Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín
Premiere of the version for chorus, soloists and piano
Murry Sidlin, creator & conductor

Performed in collaboration with the Sustainable Symphony
 Arlene Shrut, pianist

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín is the signature concert of The Defiant Requiem Foundation and tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation. This performance features the full Verdi Requiem with the chorus and soloists accompanied by a single piano, as it was in Terezín. The prisoners’ story is told between the movements with video and narration.

$10 General Admission ・ $8 students, seniors, active military and veterans, and UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and alumni

Tickets available after August 21, 2017, from the Robinson Hall Box Office, online here or by phone at (704) 687-1849.

Presented by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Music and The Defiant Requiem Foundation with funding from the Gretchen M. Brooks University Residency Project.


The Sustainable Symphony seeks to become the premiere alternative in orchestral programming by offering highly trained collaborative pianists as orchestral substitutes in performance. These pianists functionally and sustainably codify an approach to large-scale repertoire that increases cost-effective performance opportunities for masterworks. By bringing these large-scale orchestral masterworks to venues and audiences of all sizes and demographics, the series pioneers a new approach to accessibility, flexibility, and affordability.

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Shrut is a consummate collaborator...
— Classical Voice New England
The thing that is most striking about Arlene is her ability to work with all types of people. She has such a positive energy about her...
— Jennifer Trost, Associate Professor of Music, The Pennsylvania State University
Arlene has been instrumental in helping me make the transition from student to professional. She is generous with her time and ideas, musical and non-musical, and always looks for ways to help musicians individually.
— Renate Rohlfing, collaborative pianist

Sorel Legacy Medallion

Arlene Shrut was recently honored with receiving the The Sorel Foundation's inaugural Legacy Medallion. The Sorel Legacy Medallion honors the work of female artists whose careers reflect lifetime achievement in music through performance, training, or service. Each recipient shall be recognized for excellence in her field and for advancing the contributions of women in the arts. The long-term commitment of the Legacy Medallion is to support high visibility projects, assist women in gaining prominence in the musical world, and promote their identities as role models for other professionals.  

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