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Tears, Joy, and Hope: Yiddish Songs Written in the Jewish Ghetto...... Harriet Bennish, soprano
The Art Theatre
Long Beach, CA
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Thank you for attending and allowing me to share this very special music with you. Feel free to email me your comments and impressions of this program to harrietbennish@gmail.com. For information on upcoming events go to www.harrietbennish.com


Tears, Joy, and Hope: Yiddish Songs Written in the Jewish Ghetto...... Harriet Bennish, soprano
When Harriet first came across these rarely performed songs written in the Jewish Ghetto, she made herself a promise that she would do whatever she could to help this music live on lest it be forgotten in the rush of modern life. This promise has become her passion.

She set out to learn all that she could about the songs, the Jewish poets and composers who created them and to share that knowledge. The music tells the story of everyday life in the ghetto. The songs are performed as they were written in the rich, colorful and complex Yiddish language.  Harriet shares historical photos along with English translations of the songs projected on a screen.  Her well-researched history of each song enables the audience to come away with a rare insight into ghetto life -- the suffering, the fears, and the hope.  

Harriet Bennish is no stranger to the stage. With a classically trained voice, studying at both Peabody Conservatory of Music and West Virginia University, her performance experiences in opera and musical theatre, klezmer and cantorial music have culminated to a point where she can utilize all her past experiences, breathing creative life into the Yiddish songs she performs

Accompanying Harriet's captivating voice, and creating the mood of a people living in those desperate times is Diana Parmeter, a Long Beach cellist and teacher known for her beautiful tone and musicianship. On the accordion is Ben Gown, a klezmer musician who has played with several klezmer bands including Mostly Kosher.  In 2012 Ben received a Fulbright to study accordion in Brazil and is currently an elementary orchestra teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

What others have said about Songs from the Jewish Ghetto:
"In the years and years I've heard about the Holocaust, watched movies, and visited museums, I've never realized that the piece you presented tonight was missing. The music in the language of the doomed, with all its pathos and beauty was unforgettable." Barbara Crane, congregant, Temple Israel of Long Beach

"Tears, Joy and Hope was evocative of the pain, loneliness and suffering that these writers and composers endured during the Holocaust. There wasn't a dry eye in the room when the concert ended. It was indeed an honor to listen to you and your accompanists as you strive to keep the music of those tragic times alive."

Lorie Clayton, Program Chair, Saddleback-Laguna Hills Hadassah

PARKING at The Art Theatre can be challenging. Consider taking an Uber or Lyft, carpooling, public transportation, or bicycle.  The LGBTQ Center is generously allowing Holocaust survivors, the elderly and disabled the use of their parking lot located directly behind the theatre. If this applies to you stop by the loading zone in front of the theatre to pick up your free parking pass and display it on your dashboard before entering the parking lot.

*If you are still having trouble finding a parking place, remaining passes will be issued on a first come, first served basis to all other audience members.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are a survivor of the Holocaust contact me at harrietbennish@gmail.com  You will receive a password entitling you to free entrance to the program.

*A portion of proceeds will benefit the Anti-Defamation League

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The Art Theatre (View)
2025 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Music > World

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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