Performance of Etty’s Song: Her Words and Music

April 27, 2018




  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Performance begins at 7:00pm
  • Light refreshments & conversation


L/A Arts Gallery: 221 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME

$10 suggested donation at the door

A courageous woman’s testament to love, Etty’s Song is the newest version of a critically acclaimed celebration in words and music of Etty Hillesum, whose diaries and letters are a song of life, light and love through the Holocaust years 1941-1943. Etty’s writings evolve from a chronicle of romantic life, with its joys and uncertainties, to a story of profound altruistic love. This love is discovered and endures in unexpected ways and in unexpected places as Etty lives through a time of historic oppression. Her prose is, by turns, astonishing, revealing, heart breaking and triumphant.

Etty’s Song is presented by Off the Page, an ensemble of two poets and a musician who have performed together at universities and writers conferences and for the Maine Humanities Council. They are Martin Steingesser, Judy Tierney, and Rudy Gabrielson. An earlier version of Etty’s Song has been performed throughout New England and also in Europe, including the Etty Hillesum Congress in Belgium.

Martin Steingesser, Portland Maine’s first Poet Laureate 2007-09, is author of several books of poetry, his most recent Yellow Horses; Judy Tierney is a poet and performer, toured here and abroad with Steingesser with the earlier version of Etty’s Song and was a finalist in last year’s Belfast Poetry Festival Competition; Rudy Gabrielson is music director for the Royal River Community Players, resident musician at the annual Ferry Beach Circle of Music Camp in Saco and can be heard Saturday evenings on piano at the Muddy Rudder Restaurant in Yarmouth.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 221 Lisbon St., Lewiston. All are welcome. $10 suggested donation at the door, before the show. Light refreshments and conversation after.