Different Trains is a profoundly moving work. A large-scale video installation that spans more than 15 meters and is 29 minutes in duration, the work features a 1988 musical score by Steve Reich, reinterpreted by Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Caravaggio. Steve Reich’s 1988 score for string quartet and recorded voice is a beautiful and emotionally charged rumination on the train journeys of his youth and of the horrific deportation trains of the Holocaust. The score was awarded the 1989 Grammy for the Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
Created by Caravaggio in 2016, Different Trains, sets Reich’s score to an archival film montage that lends new depths and insights to the original musical composition. The video stands as important reminder of one of the greatest tragedies in human history. The work is both historically important and aesthetically impressive. Both the music and videos are beautifully composed; Reich’s score fragmented and modern, with Caravaggio’s editing swiftly leading the audience through the work.
This presentation of Different Trains is supported in part by the Stacey and Harley Kripke Philanthropic Fund, the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, the Solomon Supporting Foundation, the Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center, Dr. Allen and Hindea Markowicz, and H. Zachary Ottenstein, with additional support from the H.L. Thompson, Jr. Family Fund.