Soul to Soul, Where African-American and Yiddish Music Meet

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Posted by: Marilyn Hassid

Soul to Soul in Houston for One Night

We are bringing an outstanding show to Houston for one night only. Soul to Soul will perform at the J on Saturday, February 18 at 8:15 PM. Soul to Soul was scheduled during the month of February, purposely. But timing is everything, who knew that in today’s America, bridging cultures, celebrating our similarities and our differences, would be so very important, urgent, actually.Soul to Soul

Soul to Soul brings together the African American and the Yiddish American experience in a deeply stirring musical presentation that celebrates a common journey of two cultures.  Internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music, Zalmen Mlotek performs with African American Broadway veterans, Tony Perry and Elmore James, Magda Fishman and Lisa Fishman along with a wonderful Klezmer ensemble. 

I had the pleasure of seeing Soul to Soul at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City last year when philanthropist, producer and director of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Russell Simmons, not only introduced the program but talked about this meaningful collaboration.

It’s a powerful and inspirational journey viewed through a shared lens. The performance includes archival footage, and it was absolutely incredible to hear the singers sing “each other’s” songs, moving from English to Yiddish with utter joy.  Click on these you tube links and see how the performers get the audience clapping and singing along:

I know that there will be many events happening in February, but this NYC based production, will be here for only one night. The program is excellent for high school students through adults, and an added bonus is that Mr. James and Mr. Perry are established opera and Broadway singers. Be inspired and come out and see Soul to Soul February 18.

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Category: Arts and Culture      Tags: diversity, differences