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Vanier Music teacher publishes
his second book on the Holocaust
Ronald Headland is a member of the
Vanier Music Department, where he teaches piano, as well as courses
in piano, vocal, and orchestral literature, and music theory.
In addition to his career in music, he is also a visual artist
and historian of the Holocaust. On the latter subject, he has
lectured in Canada and in Europe and has published a number of
articles as well as two books. His first book was Messages of
Murder: A Study of the Reports of the Einsatzgruppen of the Security
Police and the Security Service, 1941-1943, (Fairleigh Dickinson
University Press, 1992).
His second book on the Holocaust has just been
published (November 1998), and is co-authored with Naomi Kramer,
Education Director of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.
This book is titled The Fallacy of Race and the Shoah and is published
by University of Ottawa Press. The book places the story and experiences
of one survivor, Peter Kleinmann, within the larger historical
unfolding of the Holocaust.
As a visual artist Ronald Headland has exhibited his work in numerous
solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. In the past his
paintings were entirely abstract, but in recent years the human
figure has appeared in his work, largely a reflection of his study
of the Holocaust.
Although a classical musician, Headland has long
been interested in other areas of music, in particular the songs
of Bob Dylan. In 1996, he formed a group called Any Day Now, devoted
to performing Dylan's music. The group consists of Vanier Music
Department colleague, Robert Jones, and seven Vanier music students.
Following successful performances at Vanier College, a CD was
made in May 1998 of a live performance by the band at the Web
Site Café in Sainte Anne de Bellevue, Québec. A
glowing review of the concert was published in The Gazette of
April 30, 1998.
Click on the "Any Day Now" CD jacket
(left) for a 25 sec. sample of the song "Forever Young"