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Music Treasures of the American Yiddish Theatre
Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series
December 15, 2013

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 | 3pm
Admission: General - $10 | YIVO members, seniors and students - $7
Box Office: | 212.868.4444

Join us as we celebrate the work of most popular composers from the golden age of Yiddish American theatre, otherwise known as the “big four of Second Avenue:” Abraham Ellstein, Alexander Olshanetsky, Sholom Secunda and Joseph Rumshinsky. This concert features these composers’ hits for the Yiddish stage, as well as their classical, cantorial, and American musical compositions, works which are almost never performed, and in some cases, entirely forgotten. The music featured in this concert is from the collections of the radio station WEVD, the papers of Abraham Ellstein, and the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theatre Memorial Collections at YIVO Institute.

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Chana Mlotek (1922-2013). Chana was the longtime music archivist at the YIVO Institute, and was known worldwide for her expertise on the musical traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe.

The performers for this concert include students and graduates of Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and Queens College, as well as young New York cantors.

Sabina Torosjan, Violin
Sergei Prokofiev, Violin
Jen Herman, Viola
Valeriya Sholokhova, Cello
Maria Dubinsky, Soprano
Jay O'Brien, Soprano
Daniel Laor, Piano
Matt Temkin, Program Consultant
Yuval Waldman, Music Director

The program will perform works of prominent Yiddish theatre composers:

Abraham Ellstein (1907-1993)
Rarely performed "Negev" piano concerto, "Shma Isroel" and "Unzer Yiddish Folk"

Sholom Secunda (1894-1974)
String quartet,"Bei Mir Bistu Shein"

Alexander Olshanetsky (1892-1946)
"Shabtai Tzvi" and "Mein Shtetele Belz"


The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series is devoted to rarely heard masterworks from the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theater Memorial Collections at YIVO, performed by gifted young artists from premier conservatories.

The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series and the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theater Memorial Collections are made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Sidney Krum.
Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History  |  15 West 16th Street - NYC   view map

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All public programs are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of assistive listening devices are available for deaf and hard of hearing individuals upon request.