The Yellow Ticket, a 1918 silent film with a storied history, will be screened at The Ashokan Center, accompanied by a live performance of acclaimed klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals’ original score. Svigals will be joined by accomplished pianist Marilyn Lerner for this unique multimedia experience. The film will be screened on Sunday, May 20 at 7:30pm at the Ashokan Center, at 477 Beaverkill Road in Olivebridge. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for youth.
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.
“I loved the idea of playing for a silent film because in a way, that tradition led to my coming into the world,” Svigals told Fiddle Magazine. “My grandfather, a pianist, met my grandmother while he was playing for silent movies.” “We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to screen this film, along with Alicia Svigals’ live performance of her deeply moving score,” says Ashokan director Jay Ungar.
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 Ashokan Center, a not-for-profit arts and environmental education center located on 385 acres of bucolic woods, fields, and streams in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, is the birthplace of outdoor education in New York State, and the home of Ashokan Music & Dance Camps, one of the first camps of its kind in America.
$25 per adult, $20 for youth
The Ashokan Center
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