"The Yellow Ticket" with Live Score by Alicia Svigals and Marilyn Lerner at Ashokan Center

"The Yellow Ticket "is a 1918 Polish-German film about a young Warsaw woman who hopes to attend medical school in Moscow, but experiences obstacles because she is single and Jewish. It is one of the first films to explore the anti-Semitism rampant in Russia in the early 1900s. During World War II, the Nazi regime attempted to destroy all copies of the film. Fortunately, a copy was found in Berlin and restored and in early 2012, Alicia Svigals was approached by the Washington, DC Jewish Music Festival to create a new soundtrack for the film.

Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading klezmer fiddler, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics who she co-led for seventeen years, and a composer who was selected to be a 2014 MacDowell Fellow. She is accompanied by jazz pianist/improviser and prolific recording artist Marilyn Lerner, whose musical career has been marked by an exploration of traditional and free jazz, new music tinged improvisation, and Ashkenazic folk music.

"The Yellow Ticket" has garnered:

-The Foundation for Jewish Culture’s annual new music commission

-A major grant from the Still Point Fund for Alicia to create a brand new digital restoration of the film

-A commission from Music of Remembrance in Seattle to write a new version of the score adding Seattle Symphony’s clarinetist Laura DeLuca

-A trust for mutual understand grant to bring the work to Poland

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Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 7:30pm
The Ashokan Center
477 Beaverkill Road