Spring Concert: The Yellow Ticket

Benaroya Hall
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 7:30pm

Clarinetist Laura DeLuca joins the Klezmatics’ Alicia Svigals in a performance of Svigal’s new score to enliven this special screening of the classic 1918 silent film starring Pola Negri. And the World Premiere of Lori Laitman’s song cycle, In Sleep The World Is Yours, setting the haunting verses of Selma Meerbaum Eisinger, a gifted young poet who perished at age 18 in a Nazi labor camp.

Laura DeLuca, clarinet, screenshot from The Yellow Ticket, Marilyn Lerner, piano

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Meet the Composers
6:15 PM: Lori Laitman & Alicia Svigals


Serenade No. 2 for 2 Violins and Viola (1932)
Bohuslav Martinu
Elisa Barston, violin; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola

Todesfuga (2011)
Lori Laitman
*World Premiere of English version
Erich Parce, baritone; Walter Gray, cello

In Sleep The World Is Yours (2014)
Lori Laitman
*World Premiere commmissioned by Music of Remembrance
Megan Chenovick, soprano; Ben Hausmann, oboe; Mina Miller, piano

The Yellow Ticket
Alicia Svigals
*Featuring the World Premiere of an expanded score for Laura DeLuca, clarinet
Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Alicia Svigals, violin; Marilyn Lerner, piano

The Yellow Ticket (1918) is set prior to the October Revolution when sex work was legal in Tsarist Russia. Despite the government’s liberal policies on prostitution, anti-Semitic laws required Jewish women from the Pale of Settlement to possess prostitution papers in order to reside in cities outside the Pale of Settlement. The film, which explores social issues such as human trafficking, ethnic and religious discrimination and poverty, is based on Abraham Schomer’s 1911 Yiddish melodrama Afn Yam un“Ellis Island” (At Sea and Ellis Island) which was subsequently produced on Broadway in 1914 in an un-authorized English-language version written by Michael Morton. Several cinematic adaptations of the story preceded and followed the UFA production. An additional literary source is Aleksandr Amfiteatrow’s 1908 novel The Yellow Pass.