The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

Sun, 08/25/2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Pictured: Ronit Widmann-Levy and Eugene Brancoveanu

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joshua Robison

This program presents a musical sound that few have heard, assimilating Eastern European klezmer and cantorial modes with American tunes and rhythms.

The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater, a celebration of Yiddish theater pioneers Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky by their grandson, Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, airs Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Founding members of the Yiddish Theater in America, the Thomashefskys owned theaters, published their own magazine, wrote columns in the popular Yiddish newspapers, sponsored and encouraged generations of young artists, brought uncountable numbers of Yiddish artists to America, tirelessly raised funds for progressive social causes, and, though it all, were adventurous trend setters.

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