The program at Rackham includes musical selections performed by Marilyn Krimm and choir, and a keynote speech by Todd Endelman, the William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History.
Threnody (Song of Lamentation), written by Ellwood Derr, professor of music theory, will be performed at 4 p.m. by University Carillonneur Margo Halsted.
The Holocaust Memorial was commissioned to sculptor Leonard Baskin by the Ann Arbor Holocaust Memorial Foundation, Inc. Hundreds of donors contributed to the $250,000 memorial fund in the six-year period since the Ann Arbor City Council passed the resolution to establish a memorial to the 6 million victims of the Nazi Holocaust.
The memorial statue will stand at the corner of Fletcher and Washington streets, the site of a former Jewish cemetery that was the first evidence of a Jewish presence in Michigan.
It is called only the Holocaust Memorial, allowing viewers to react without the influence of words, according to Larry R. Crockett, director of the Business and Industrial Assistance Division of the School of Business Administration. Crockett also is vice president for development of the Ann Arbor Holocaust Memorial Foundation.