We Are Innocent



cantata for baritone (or tenor), soprano, and piano (or orchestra), with optional chorus
by Leonard Lehrman, op. 94
on letters of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg
(45'30") 1987-88

commissioned by the National Committee to Re-Open the Rosenberg Case
and The Professor Edgar H. Lehrman Memorial Foundation
for Ethics, Religion, Science & the Arts, Inc.

in 12 movements, prelude & 2 interludes
dedicated "to my father" [N.S. Lehrman]

Prelude
1) Childhood Memories (Julius)
2) The Shofar (Ethel [+Chorus])
3) Together (Julius & Ethel)
4) We Are Innocent (Julius & Ethel [+Chorus])
5) How Sad I Was To Leave You (Ethel)
Interlude
6) How Much You Have Given Me (Julius)
7) The Astounding Spectacle (Ethel & Julius [+Chorus])
Interlude
8) A Visit From Mother (Ethel)
9) Of Course It Isn't Easy (Julius)
10) "Mercy"? (Ethel & Julius [+Chorus])
11) On the Threshold of Death (Julius)
(Variations on a theme by Edith Segal - used by permission )
12) To Michael & Robert (Ethel & Julius [+Chorus])

Performance History

mvt#2 perf. by Helene Williams, NYU Law School Auditorium 6/19/87, and
3/6/88, both at Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra chamber concert and
on "Contrasts" concert series at Tom O'Horgan's in New York;
also 6/12/89 for National Council of Women, Time-Life Building, NYC
first complete performance by Helene Williams and Peter Schlosser,
on "Meet the Composer" grant, at Bryant Library, Roslyn 6/14/88;
also at Museum of Fine Art (Roslyn)10/6/88,
Community Church of Boston, 12/11/88, WESPAC (Ardsley, NY) 12/22/88;

premiered with (Metropolitan Philharmonic) Chorus
at Community Church of NY 6/19/88
also perf. WQXR-AM, NY ("The Listening Room") 12/8/88 (all but #9 & Interlude 1)
#2, 1, 7 & 4 perf. at Weill Recital Hall benefit for Ezrath Nashim 6/14/89
and at Temple Sinai of Roslyn (w/ Douglas Kiddie instead of Peter Schlosser) 8/20/89

premiered w/Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra:
Marymount Manhattan Theater 6/11/89

recording: OPUS ONE #145 LP [released privately on CD, 2003]
with Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
premiere of rescored version for Soprano, Tenor & Chorus
by Helene Williams, Ronald Edwards
& Met Phil Chorus at Plandome Unitarian Church 6/19/93

also performed in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg
sung by Helene Williams, Gregory Mercer and The Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus
6/15/03 at Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ
and 6/18/03 co-sponsored by the National Committee to Re-open the Rosenberg Case
at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Manhattan

and excerpted 6/22/03 at
Rosenberg-Meeropol-Sacco/Vanzetti Memorial Concert, Community Church of Boston