‘The Shoah Songbook’ to be Performed on Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Afton Wooten

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27, 2024), the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company and the Committee for Yiddish will present the final installment of Likht Ensemble’s “The Shoah Songbook” series.

The final performance in the series will include favorite selections from prior “Shoah Songbook” concerts interspersed with new narrative elements recited by Ben Heppner. The new material includes Yiddish folk music unearthed in a research trip to the United States Holocaust Museum, with original arrangements by Nate Ben-Horin. The concert will also include German lieder by Viktor Ullmann and Edwin Geist, among others, and new arrangements of folk songs by Miriam Harel, a teenage girl from the Łódź ghetto.

The performance will spotlight cabaret music by composers Karel Svenk and Martin Roman. Performers include the Likht Ensemble’s Jaclyn Grossman, and Ben-Horin.

“The Shoah Songbook” explores music written by Jewish composers who perished in the concentration camps and ghettos of the Holocaust. This final recital with the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company is a celebration of the pieces performed
previously in the series, along with new pieces, to highlight the work Likht Ensemble does year-round researching, arranging and performing Jewish Holocaust music.

The concert will be presented at the Meridian Arts Centre in North York, Ontario, beginning at 8 p.m. local time.