The Yellow Ticket at MASS MoCA

The Yellow Ticket at MASS MoCA

The Yellow Ticket at MASS MoCA

A forgotten gem of the silent film era is resurrected on Saturday, November 16, at 8 p.m., with a new score composed and performed by Klezmatics co-founder Alicia Svigals.

‘The Yellow Ticket,’ featuring a larger-than-life performance by the great Polish silent film star, Pola Negri, is the first film to explore anti-Semitism in imperial Russia, and Svigals’ score breathes new life into this classic. It is a story of secret identities, heroic measures and triumphant love. The 1918 silent film follows Anna Mirrel (Negri), a young Jewish girl in Czarist Russia. Anna, believing her father is ill, must present herself as a prostitute – the only women allowed to travel freely outside the ghetto – to obtain a yellow travel ticket to reach her father.

Originally commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s New Jewish Culture Network, Svigals’ score for ‘The Yellow Ticket’ marks the world’s leading klezmer violinist’s first feature-length film composition. Svigals, who has composed for violinist Itzhak Perlman and the Kronos Quartet, delivers a lush 66-minute piece for piano and violin inspired by Eastern European folk forms, European café music, 20th-century classical composers and contemporary improvisation. Joining Svigals onstage will be virtuoso Canadian pianist Marilyn Lerner, whose work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer and 20th-century classical music.

‘The Yellow Ticket’ arrives at MASS MoCA on Saturday, November 16, at 8 p.m. A full bar and dinner and snacks from Lickety Split are available before and during the show. Tickets are $12 in advance, $16 day of, and $10 for students.

Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA box office at 413-662-2111 or


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