Some of the most talented stars of the Yiddish theater will grace the stage at the 34th annual Yiddish Music Festival Sunday, August 19, at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla from 5 PM to 8 PM. The festival features great entertainment starting at 5 p.m. with Sasha, a folk dancer, who will perform while leading the audience through traditional dances.
Star of “Those Were the Days,” “On Second Avenue” and “Kids and Yiddish,” Joanne Borts is one of the many musical performers the concert will feature. Also taking the stage will be Adrienne Cooper, who is considered one of the most influential performers of Yiddish vocal music today, and appears on concert, theater, and club stages around the world. Theresa Tova, Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys will also perform at the event.
The event’s musical director is Zalmen Mlotek, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Yiddish folk and theater music. He has served as co-creator and music director of “Those Were the Days,” “On Second Avenue” and “The Golden Land,” and has most recently become co-artistic director of Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, the longest continuously operating Yiddish theater company in the world.
Admission and parking are free. Bring blankets or chairs for seating on the lawn. The rain location will be the Temple Israel Center of White Plains located at 280 Old Mamaroneck Road in White Plains.
The 34th annual Yiddish Music Festival is presented by The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring and New York Region in cooperation with Westchester County Parks. Additional sponsorship has been provided by more than two dozen temples and Jewish community organizations from throughout Westchester.
The Kensico Dam Plaza is located in Valhalla at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway. For more information, call 914-864-PARK. General information on Westchester County Parks is available by logging on to www.westchestergov.com/parks.