Silent Film Meets Klezmer In The Yellow Ticket

Music of Remembrance Concert Also Includes Two World Premieres From Lori Laitman and Music of Martinu

Seattle, WA (March 25, 2014)—Klezmer and the silver screen come together when Music of Remembrance concludes its 16th season on May 12, 2014 at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. The concert features a complete screening of the 1918 silent film The Yellow Ticket - with special guest Alicia Svigals, a founding member of The Klezmatics, and Marilyn Lerner, collaborator - leading a performance of Svigals’ own musical score.

The film, starring Pola Negri, tells the story of a Jewish girl forced to hide her identity in order to attend medical school in czarist St. Petersburg, drawing on her indomitable spirit to overcome all obstacles. Svigal’s score has attracted effusive acclaim: “This accompaniment to The Yellow Ticket is one of the most powerful I have heard. It evokes not only a sense of the contemporary context of the culture in which the film took place, but our awareness of what was done to it afterwards.”  (Professor Tom Gunning, University of Chicago). For MOR’s performance, Svigals has added a new clarinet part for Laura DeLuca, a Seattle Symphony standout and long-time MOR collaborator.

The program also features two world premieres of two works by American composer Lori Laitman. Laitman is admired for her nuanced sensitivity to the poetic voice. “Laitman opens windows onto small but deeply intimate emotional experiences . . . She shows an affinity for identifying with the words she sets and a keen ear for poetry that will work effectively.” (Gramophone Magazine)

Laitman’s In Sleep The World Is Yours, commissioned by MOR and unveiled at this concert, is a song-cycle based on the poignant poetry of Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, who died at 18 in a Nazi labor camp. Meerbaum-Eisinger was a relative of the poet Paul Celan, who survived the war to create his haunting Todesfuge. In 2010, Laitman created a vocal setting of Togesfuge for Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, and MOR now premieres Laitman’s English version of the work.

In addition, audiences will hear Bohuslav Martinů’s Serenade No. 2 for Two Violins and Viola. Martinů, born in Bohemia near the Moravian border, was living in Paris when he composed this lively work in 1932. With the German invasion of France in 1940, he was forced to flee because of his associations with the Czech underground.  Escaping through the south of France, Spain and then Portugal, he reached the United States in 1941.

Concert Information

Tickets: $40
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7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014
6:45 Pre-concert Meet-the-Composers with Laitman & Svigals
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA


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 commissioned 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

About Music of Remembrance
Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique cultural role in Seattle and throughout the world by remembering Holocaust musicians and their art through musical performances, educational programs, musical recordings and commissions of new works. Since its 1998-99 inaugural year, MOR has presented two major concerts annually at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) each fall and Holocaust Remembrance Day each spring. MOR has reached audiences across the community with its Sparks of Glory outreach series, and around the world through its seven CDs (six on Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label) and its two documentary films produced by award-winning filmmaker John Sharify. More information is available at

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