Thursday, April 28, 2011


My friend Lynn called me recently to help write some short segways for a musical piece she is directing and performing about the all-female Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, which was located in a lovely wooded area just 40 km from Berlin during WWII.

I am embarrassed that I had never heard of Ravensbruck before this, and am always appalled when I hear of yet another atrocity of which I somehow managed to remain ignorant.

Ravensbruck had over 300,000 prisoners pass thru it during the war, over 90,000 of which were murdered.
Many of these were woman with children.

It's a powerful piece. 
And despite it's grim subject, it is full of life and humor and spirit.
here's the info, if you think you might like to attend:

Frauenstimmen: Womens Voices from Ravensbruck

Sunday, May 1 7:00p to 9:00p

at NU Fenway Center, Boston, MA
77 Saint Stephen St.

Boston, MA 02115
(617) 254-1234
FRAUENSTIMMEN: Women's Voices from Ravensbruck.
Conceived and Directed by School of Jewish Music student and faculty member Lynn Torgove, 2011 Gideon Klein Scholar.

Performed by students from the Cantorial and Rabbinical program at Hebrew College, New England Conservatory and their friends, School of Jewish Music student Becky Wexler, Music Director.


  1. I'm sorry I will have to miss this, Johnny. I'm going to be in rehearsals.

  2. Thanks Ian.
    I think this is the first pass for this piece, and will (hopefully) have a longer life somewhere in the future.

  3. I'm glad my rehearsal was moved earlier and so I didn't have to miss this. I've seen a number of attempts to treat the concentration camps in a cabaret format-- and this one was truly excellent and well deserves a longer life. Lynn did a wonderful job putting together all the elements, and you have every right to be proud of your contributions, even if, as you mentioned to me as we crossed paths on the sidewalk, you came in at the eleventh hour.

    And as an added bonus, I knew half the musicians in the orchestra pit!


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