Leonard J. Lehrman, Soul of Ashkenaz at Alice Tully Hall

World premiere performance of Voices from the Shadow by Gershon Kingsley:

“In the climactic second half, Rhoda Levine staged the world premiere of Voices from the Shadow, a musical-theatre piece on poetry of the Holocaust by Gershon Kingsley (b. 1922). Four adult soloists, one child (used primarily as a quasi-audience prop), clarinet and string quartet were conducted from the piano (and accordion) by Jonathan Faiman. Spare but effective, the piece jumped from Yiddish to English to French to German to Czech, never flagging in interest and intensity. Mary Catherine George, Amy R. Goldstein, John Capes, and Larry Picard were the dedicated, focused soloists.”.

–Leonard J. Lehrman