On March 31st, Itzhak Perlman joined the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene for its centennial gala concert presentation of “In the Fiddler’s House” in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. The performance featured legendary klezmer musicians Andy Statman, Hankus Netzky and the Klezmer Conservatory Band, along with special guests including Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Kurt Bjorling, Judy Bressler, Lorin Skamberg and Frank London. Audience members congregated the aisles of Carnegie Hall, dancing and clapping in delight to the beats of the festive klezmer music.
The 20th-anniversary return of Perlman’s highly popular “In the Fiddler’s House” program celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish and klezmer music. Perlman’s PBS Television special “Great Performances: In the Fiddler’s House” won an Emmy Award in 1995. A recording of the same name was simultaneously released by EMI Classics/Angel, featuring THE KLEZMATICS accompanying Mr. Perlman on his first foray into klezmer. This album has since topped World and Classical music charts internationally, becoming one of the top-selling folk albums of the past decade.
“Klezmer has everything you want, ethnically, and yet it’s so intertwined with American culture,” Paul Morrissett says. “We want to make sure that we are part of a living tradition, and living traditions change; they don’t stay in a pickled form.”