(NEW YORK CITY) – Author and Yiddish music expert Seth Rogovoy is producing an evening of Yiddish music and culture for Carnegie Hall featuring top artists from the classical, Broadway, and Yiddish music worlds, including pianist Evgeny Kissin, violinist Gil Shaham, Tony Award-winning musical actress Katrina Lenk (“The Band’s Visit,” “Indecent”), and clarinetist David Krakauer. The program, “From Shtetl to Stage,” takes place in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall on Monday, April 15, at 8pm.
The concert also stars vocalist Eleanor Reissa, who is co-creating the program with Rogovoy as well as serving as director; legendary Yiddish performer Mike Burstyn; and Klezmatics cofounders Lorin Sklamberg, on vocals and accordion, and trumpeter Frank London, who is music director for the show.
“I am incredibly thrilled, honored, and humbled to have been tasked by Carnegie Hall to put together what promises to be an historic evening of Yiddish music and culture on their stage,” says Rogovoy. “Having spent a significant part of my life studying and writing about this music and culture, which is in some sense my birthright, I take great pleasure in curating what will undoubtedly be referred to for years to come as ‘the Yiddish concert at Carnegie Hall.’ I only wish my Yiddish-speaking immigrant grandparents were still alive to be able to attend. They will certainly be there in spirit, and their voices will be reflected throughout the performances.”
The “From Shtetl to Stage” program is the culmination of the monthlong “Migrations: The Making of America,” a citywide festival based at Carnegie Hall, focusing on the crossings from Scotland and Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries, the immigration of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe between 1881 and the National Origins Act of 1924, and the Great Migration — the exodus of African Americans from the South to the industrialized cities of the Northeast, Midwest, and West from 1917 into the 1970s.