Lyric Fest Presents ‘Yiddishe Nightingale,’ a Short History of the American Yiddish Theater

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Lyric Fest)

Lyric Fest presents three performances of “Yiddishe Nightingale,” a special concert on the history of the American Yiddish Theater.

The concerts will showcase a repertoire that hails from the Ashkenazi traditions of many Central European countries. The performances will feature mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Shammash and baritone Thom King alongside pianist Zalmen Mlotek.

“Lyric Fest is excited to return again to our shorter weekday concert offerings, designed to get a little music into the work week. This one is brimming with fun and history,” said Artistic Director Suzanne DuPlantis in an official press statement. “Yiddish song for some is a part of their family traditions, and for others this world of song will be completely new. We’re expecting this concert to delight both these groups, with its old-world flair and modern twists!”

The performances will take place on Feb. 8, 2022 at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia; Feb. 9, 2022 at the Adath Israel in Merion Station; and Feb. 13, 2022 at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore.