In Memory

Dennis Hirschbein - Class Of 1962

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10/04/10 12:10 AM #1    

Jack N Porter (1962)

He was a great dancer and singer just like his brother Kenny. Whenever I am in New York, I ask people about him on Broadway--he was a Broadway dancer and a wonderful guy---Jack (Jackie) Porter, '62, Newton, Mass.

05/20/14 10:38 AM #2    

Jane E Drake (Brody) (1963)

Dennis Hirschbein was my boyfriend through high school.  He wrestled with his fear of being gay and finally came out of the closet.  This was difficult for both of us, but we went through it together and never stopped loving each other.  He was a brilliant pianist,made his living as an accompanist at the Met and was a singer himself.  Dennis who was a diabetic from childhood, died from stomach cancer.  He and his partner were together for many years, living in New York.  I miss him everyday.

05/20/14 03:31 PM #3    

Alyce A Gilbert (Briggs) (1961)

Dennis was an immensely talented musician, and such a dry witty man.  He brought major talent to all the WHS projects that he worked on.  We were also in the Playground Trailer Theatre for two seasons and his musical talent was a revelation.  He did  have many happy years here in New York and a musical career that was enviable. 



05/20/14 05:54 PM #4    

Sandra Adland (1962)

I also remember Dennis Hirschbein. I gratuated in 1962 too, I remember Dennis as a great violist, or do I have him mixed up with another Hirschbein. It's been a while since I played in the orchestra, so I might be wrong. I was just talking to Linda Fielkow Bloch and she also remembers Dennis as being a really nice guy.


05/21/14 02:40 PM #5    

Robin A Friedman (1965)

I remember him well not from Washington but from a teen acting group at the JCC called the Porter Players.  Wonderful person from all these years ago.


05/21/14 06:34 PM #6    

Enid-Ann Bootzin (Berkovits) (1962)

Dennis was my cousin as well as my friend.  He was an extremely talented musician..pianist, composer and singer.  I, too, graduated in June of 1962.  Dennis wrote many fantastic things, but one when he was just 13 was a musical called "Terpsicore.  "  We peformed it on the tv show, "The Other 98."  He was an amazing, sensitive and wonderful person.  He accompanied me when I would sing programs and also encouraged me to do more.  He would have been 69 yrs. old this past May 12.  He is always in my heart.

05/22/14 09:19 AM #7    

Janelle K Konrad (Jacobs) (1963)

I was in the orchestra for Babes in Arms at the JCC and Dennis had a lead role. Every time I hear "My Funny Valentine" I think of Dennis as Val. I was sad to hear that he passed away too soon.

11/28/17 10:36 PM #8    

Cary Milner (1962)

I knew Dennis primarity through music. I had a band in the early sixties and Dennis was the pianists. We tried to stick with jazz, but Dennis was so phenomenally talented that he could play anything, and perfectly. He loved theatre and often acted in Broadway musicals staged at fhe Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee. On one occasion, we arrived for a gig only to discover that the venure did not haveca piano. It did, however, have an organ. Dennis sat on the bench, ran his fingers on the keyboards, and tapped his feet on the wooden slats. He was amazing.

It was only after I returned to Milwaukee from Brazil that I learned that Dennis has passed away. How sad. But I was so glad to learn that he fulfilled his dream and became part of Broadway’s world. There was a very special sensitivity about Dennis. I do not believe that his life at home growing up was without pain. His salvation, and ours who were the beneficiaries of his art, was music. He made sound seem so much better.

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