The Shoah Songbook

Part Three: Poland

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 7:30 PM EST
Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company presents The Shoah Songbook Part Three with Likht Ensemble’s Jaclyn Grossman and Nate Ben-Horin alongside guest violinist Aaron Schwebel. In this concert, Likht Ensemble explores the music of Poland, sharing repertoire by Polish composers and from the Kraków and Łódź ghettos. The recital is part of a series sharing rarely performed music by Jewish composers from the Holocaust.

Jaclyn Grossman, Soprano and Curator
Nate Ben-Horin, Pianist and Curator
Aaron Schwebel, Violinist
Pieter Bruelemans, Head Stage
Dayna Dickenson, Head Video and Shift Coordinator
Heather Richards, Head Electrician
Raúl Rodríguez, Assistant Audio
Brandon Wells, Audio Engineer
Paul Zivontsis, Production Manager


This program evokes the profound mixture of nationalism and loss that is so prevalent in the art of displaced Jews. "Behind a Strong Barbed Wire Fence," encapsulates the ghetto experience from the perspective of an imprisoned teenaged girl. Offerings from brilliant composer Szymon Laks include his gut-wrenching "Elegy for Jewish Villages" and glittering "Three Warsaw Polonaises," recorded in their chamber version for the first time. The program rounds out with two exciting new arrangements of Yiddish folk tunes: the bitingly graphic "Because I am a Little Jew, I Sing a Little Song" and the prophetic call-to-action "It Burns," whose searing insight continues to resonate in today’s war-torn world.

"The urge to play and create in Terezín was the urge to live." - Composer Viktor Ullman

Note: Content may be sensitive to some people.
Join us for this free concert on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Available to view on our website on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 PM EST