Barrington Stage Company Yiddish music fest set for July

Tuesday April 24, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A two-day "Celebration of Yiddish Folklore & Music," is scheduled for July 8 and 9 at Barrington Stage Company's Mainstage, where its production of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof," based on stories by Sholom Aleichem, will be running June 13 through July 14.

"A Celebration of Yiddish Folklore & Music" begins July 8 at 3 p.m. with a presentation by Aaron Lansky, founder and president of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, on Sholem Aleichem's stories, and continues July 9 at 7 p.m. with a lecture/concert on klezmer music featuring the klezmer band Golem and writer-music critic Seth Rogovoy.

Lansky's presentation, "New Riffs on Everyone's Favorite Yiddish Story," will explore the deeper meaning of Sholom Aleichem's tales, compare them to their incarnation in "Fiddler" and discuss the ways in which Jews continue to reinvent their past -- and their future. His talk will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended

On July 9, "Fiddler Off the Roof" will feature the popular New York-based band, Golem, in a concert of old-time klezmer, Yiddish theater music and Eastern European folk with a 21st century sensibility.

Preceding the concert, Seth Rogovoy, music critic and author of "The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover's Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music," will put the music of "Fiddler on the Roof" and Golem into a broader context of klezmer history in a multimedia program. Tickets are $25 and $30.

Presented in partnership with the Yiddish Book Center, "Celebration of Yid dish Folklore & Music" is supported through a $1,000 grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Ticket information: (413) 236-8888, at the box office at 30 Union St., or online at


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