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The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

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The Thomashefskys brings to life the words and music of the American Yiddish theater. The story’s lead characters-Bessie and Boris Thomashefky-also happen to be the grandparents of San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas. Bessie and Boris emigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe in the 1880s, and while still in their teens, […]

The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

About the Program

The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater, a celebration of Yiddish theater pioneers Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky by their grandson, Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, airs Thursday, March 29 at 8 p.m. (check local listings), on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances. Recorded in April 2011 at the […]