Zol Zayn: An Evening of Poetry and Song

Presented as Part of the Yiddish Book Center's Decade of Discovery

Announcing Zol Zayn: An Evening of Poetry and Song, an evening performance celebrating the rich tradition of turning great Yiddish poems into songs, including works by Celia Dropkin, Itzik Manger, Morris Rosenfeld, Leyb Naydus, David Edelstadt, Avrom Sutzkever, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Rokhl Korn, and many others.  

Zol Zayn: An Evening of Poetry and Song, April 1 at Peter Norton Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia, New York City, includes live music, readings, and archival recordings featuring Tony Award–nominee Eleanor ReissaSarah Gordon, and Tsvey Brider, a duo composed of Anthony Mordechai Zvi Russell and Dmitri Gaskin. Instrumentalists include Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and keyboardist Frank London (a cofounder of The Klezmatics), renowned Anglo-Indian percussionist Deep Singh, Radical Jewish Culture guitarist Yoshie Fruchter, and Turkish-born violinist Eylem Basaldi

The evening, presented by the Yiddish Book Center, will be hosted by Ilan Stavans, award-winning writer and the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, and host of the NPR podcast In Contrast.

The event begins at 8 p.m. with an expected 90-minute run time. For more information, including performer bios, and to purchase tickets, visit the Symphony Space website

The event is presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s Decade of Discovery. The Yiddish Book Center’s Decade of Discovery is a new initiative of the Yiddish Book Center designed to foster a deeper understanding of Yiddish and modern Jewish culture in the United States. Beginning with the Center’s 40th anniversary in 2020, and continuing for each of the next ten years, the Center will select an annual theme around which it will hold special events, courses, conferences, exhibits, performances, and other programs, often in partnership with other organizations. This year’s theme is “Yiddish in America: Cultural Encounters.”