Dundalk native helps finance Vatican concert

April 06, 1994|By Laura Lippman | Laura Lippman,Sun Staff Writer

A concert tomorrow at the Vatican, held on the eve of the annual Holocaust Memorial Day, has been underwritten in part by James Robinson, the Dundalk native who runs an independent film production company out of Baltimore.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore yesterday disclosed Mr. Robinson's contribution to the concert, which will feature works by Jewish composers. Mr. Robinson could not be reached for comment last night, and there were no details available on how much he contributed.

Mr. Robinson's company, Morgan Creek, is known for films such as "Enemies: A Love Story" and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." Despite his growing success, he remains true to his roots, and was, for a time, active in the attempt to lure an NFL football team here.

Archbishop William H. Keeler, who is president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, said this event "shows that the church takes seriously not only the need for Catholics and Jews together to honor the memory of those who died, but also for Catholics and Jews to work together for understanding and peace."

Tomorrow night's concert will be conducted by Gilbert Levine of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Holocaust Memorial Day, also known as Yom Hashoah, is an annual observance to remember the deaths of 6 million Jews during World War II.

Local observances include mention of the Holocaust at weekend Masses at the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City. At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the church will sponsor a talk by a Holocaust survivor.

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