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From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture

Monday, April 15, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Mike Burstyn by Mariella Productions, Evgeny Kissin, David Krakauer by GMD, Katrina Lenk by Susan Stripling, Eleanor Reissa by Adrian Buckmaster, Gil Shaham by Luke Ratray
From Shtetl to Stage celebrates the journey of Yiddish culture from Old World to New through music, song, poetry, and humor. A company of extraordinary Yiddish talent—as well as stars of the classical, film, and theater worlds—mix chestnuts from the Yiddish theater and folk song repertoire with Yiddish-tinged vaudeville, art song, classical music, and klezmer in a program that explores how Eastern European Jewish culture interacted with and contributed to American culture at large.

Part of: Migrations: The Making of America

Evgeny Kissin is also performing April 25 and May 16.


Seth Rogovoy, Producer and Co-Creator
Eleanor Reissa, Director, Co-Creator, and Vocalist
Frank London, Music Director, Conductor, and Trumpet

Mike Burstyn, Vocalist
Evgeny Kissin, Piano and Speaker
David Krakauer, Clarinet
Katrina Lenk, Vocalist and Violin
Gil Shaham, Violin

Joanne Borts, Vocalist
Avi Hoffman, Vocalist
Elmore James, Vocalist
Daniel Kahn, Vocalist
Dani Marcus, Vocalist
Cilla Owens, Vocalist
Lorin Sklamberg, Vocalist and Accordion

Shane Baker, Actor
Allen Lewis Rickman, Actor
Yelena Shmulenson, Actor
Irena Klepfisz, Poet

Eri Kang, Piano
Zalmen Mlotek, Piano
Kathleen Tagg, Piano

Richie Barshay, Drums
Dan Blacksberg, Trombone
Yoshie Fruchter, Guitars, Banjo, and Mandolin
Keryn Kleiman, Violin
Dan Rosengard, Piano
Jordan Sand, Bass
Michael Winograd, Clarinet

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two and one-half hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
Migrations: The Making of America — A Citywide Festival

Support for the Russian and Eastern European Jewish Migration series of the Migrations festival is provided by The Polonsky Foundation.

Ford Foundation

Lead support for Migrations: The Making of America is provided by the Ford Foundation, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Igor Tulchinsky.

Howard Gilman Foundation

Additional support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

National Endowment for the Arts: arts.gov

Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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