The Yellow Ticket in Detroit

Friday 4/24/2015 7pm
Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals performs her original score live to
1918 silent film, with special guest, Seattle Symphony clarinetist
Laura DeLuca

The work, which was awarded the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 2012
New Jewish Music Network commission, is currently touring the U.S.
and Canada. Next stop: a return engagement at the Detroit Institute
of Art. This performance, with Alicia on violin and pianist Marilyn
, will also be a reprise performance of a new version of the
score for clarinet, violin and piano, commissioned by Music of
Remembrance and featuring Seattle Symphony clarinetist Laura DeLuca.

Remarkably progressive for its time, The Yellow Ticket (1918) is the
first film to explore the discrimination of Jews in Tsarist Russia
and stars famed Polish actress Pola Negri, Hollywood?s first
European silent film star. Filmed on location in German-occupied
Warsaw, it tells the story of Lea, a young woman who hides her
Jewish heritage to study medicine. Pushed towards prostitution to
pay the rent, Lea is saved by a beloved professor with a secret of
his own.

Svigals performs her score live with Canadian new music virtuoso,
pianist Marilyn Lerner.

Thanks to a grant from the Still Point Fund, Svigals’ Yellow Ticket
tour also premieres a newly digitized version of the film, created
so that audiences can view it for the first time in almost a century
at the proper speed, in high definition and with intertitles
accurately translated from the original German.

WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7 pm

WHERE: Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202


Alicia’s website –

The Yellow Ticket production was commissioned by the Foundation for
Jewish Culture?s New Jewish Culture Network, a league of North
American performing arts presenters committed to the creation and
touring of innovative projects. The Yellow Ticket received its debut
at the Washington Jewish Music Festival presented by the Washington
DC Jewish Community Center through a commission made possible by the
Arthur Tracy The Street Singer Endowment Fund. The New Jewish
Culture Network has received major support from the Howard and
Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation. Additional support is provided
by Sylvia M. Neil, the Milken Family Foundation and other donors.
Photos courtesy of Tina Chaden (Alicia) and Chris Randle (Alicia and

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