(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – Zol Zayn: Yiddish Poetry Into Song, a multimedia celebration of the rich tradition of turning great Yiddish poems into songs, starring Eleanor Reissa, Sarah Gordon, and Tsvey Brider, featuring Anthony Mordechai Zvi Russell and Dmitri Gaskin, will take place at Symphony Space on Wednesday, April 1, at 8pm.
The concert will feature works by poets including Celia Dropkin, Itzik Manger, Morris Rosenfeld, Leyb Naydus, David Edelstadt, Avrom Sutzkever, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Rokhl Korn, and many others.
The event, a presentation of the Yiddish Book Center, is written, directed, and produced by Seth Rogovoy. Rogovoy co-created and produced last year’s From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture sold-out program at Carnegie Hall.
Zol Zayn includes live music, readings, and archival recordings. Instrumentalists include Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and keyboardist Frank London (a cofounder of The Klezmatics), renowned Anglo-Indian percussionist Deep Singh, Radical Jewish Culture guitarist Yoshie Fruchter, and Turkish-born violinist Eylem Basaldi.
The evening will be hosted by Ilan Stavans, award-winning writer, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. and host of the NPR podcast In Contrast.
The event is part of the Yiddish Book Center’s Decade of Discovery, a new initiative of the Yiddish Book Center designed to foster a deeper understanding of Yiddish and modern Jewish culture in the United States. Beginning with the Center’s 40th anniversary in 2020, and continuing for each of the next ten years, the Center will select an annual theme around which it will hold special events, courses, conferences, exhibits, performances, and other programs, often in partnership with other organizations. This year’s theme is “Yiddish in America: Cultural Encounters.”
Founded in 1980, the Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture.