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The Yellow Ticket Launches to Sold out Crowd at Lincoln Center

January 16, 2013

Last Thursday famed violinist Alicia Svigals and pianist Marilyn Lerner launched their multimedia performance of Svigal’s original score to the 1918 silent film The Yellow Ticket. The performance was performed to a capacity crowd at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

“Alicia Svigals and Marilyn Lerner steal the show…Svigals’ themes unfolded and shifted shape cleverly and memorably,” wrote a critic at Lucid Culture, a blog that covers the classical and jazz scene in New York.

Svigals, who has composed for violinist Itzhak Perlman and the Kronos Quartet and helped found the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, has crafted a lush score inspired by klezmer and other Eastern European folk forms, 20th-century classical composers such as Béla Bartók and Ernest Bloch, European café music, and contemporary improvisation.

Remarkably progressive for its time, The Yellow Ticket (1918) is the first film to explore Jewish discrimination in Tsarist Russia and stars famed Polish actress Pola Negri, Hollywood’s first European silent film star. It tells the story of Lea, a young woman who hides her Jewish heritage to study medicine. Pushed towards prostitution to pay the rent, Lea is saved by a beloved professor with a secret of his own.

Watch the promo video for The Yellow Ticket.

NJCN commission funds of $10,000 helped Svigals to further refine and develop a score initially commissioned by the Washington Jewish Music Festival.

Next stops on the tour include February 17 at 2PM in Vancouver at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Future dates and cities include: Miami on March 3, Boston on April 29, Philadelphia on May 9, and Houston in November.

For more information about venues and ticket please visit our New Jewish Culture page.


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