The exciting celebration of a common journey of two cultures is the essence of Soul to Soul which brings together the African American and the Yiddish American experience in a deeply stirring musical presentation. Mlotek performs with 2 African American Broadway veterans, Tony Perry and Elmore James, and either Magda Fishman or Lisa Fishman, sharing the stage as well as a wonderful Klezmer ensemble. Soul to Soul has been performed for enthusiastic audiences from Coast to Coast.
ZALMEN MLOTEK Is an internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music and a leading figure in the Jewish theatre and concert worlds. Mr. Mlotek was raised in a prominent Yiddish-speaking family renowned for its Jewish songbook collections. His formal training as a classical musician and conductor was at Julliard School of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music. Among his most notable teachers and mentors was Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Mlotek also studied conducting with Zubin Mehta, James Levine and other masters of music and conducting.
Mr. Mlotek‘s deep roots in Yiddish culture, his elite musical education, his talent and passion for both have merged into a career that has revitalized the world of Yiddish music and theater.
MAGDA FISHMAN Is a singer, musician, songwriter, who is building a large and loving following among a wide spectrum of audiences. She has created a unique blend of traditional and contemporary styles. Her repertoire includes Israeli songs, jazz, liturgical masterpieces, musical theater and her own compositions. She served in the Israeli Army Orchestra as vocal soloist and trumpet player. She performed extensively in Israel and Europe, the US and Canada. Fishman came to the United States as a part of the Tel-Aviv Broadway musical theater project and is the recipient of the prestigious America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Canada, the First Night Festival in Boston, the 92nd Street Y Festival, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Baked Potato Jazz Club in Los Angeles, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Walter Reade Theater, Town Hall, Prague State Opera, and most recently AIPAC, The Apollo Theater, The Jewish Museum of Heritage and the Israeli Embassy in Washington and NYC.
ELMORE JAMESIs a veteran of five Broadway Shows. He sings in nine languages and first sang in Yiddish at Town Hall’s, Yiddish in America, a Gala Concert Celebrating the Centennial of the Workman’s Circle in New York City. He exploded onto the stage as the finale to the evening, with the baritone solo from Beethoven’s ninth symphony, then led the entire cast, including Bruce Adler, Theodore Bikel, Tovah Feldshuh, Sheldon Harnick, Lainie Kazan, Mandy Patinkin and the New Yiddish Chorale in the rousing rendition of the final chorus to the symphony, Ode to Joy. He was such a smash sensation that night that he has been singing Yiddish ever since. The following year he was invited to return to Town Hall for the Workman’s Circle concert as well as the 70th Gala Cultural Seder honoring Mina Bern and Jerrold Nadler at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Merkin Hall. Elmore James co-starred in the last show to perform at the Harold Clurman theatre on Theatre Row, Hip, Heymish and Hot, the whimsical Yiddish/Jazz concert with Eleanor Reissa. As one of Broadway’s most versatile artists, Mr. James’ operatic performances include appearances at the Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and the opera houses in Paris, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Rome, Verona, Sicily, Sweden and Norway.
TONY PERRY Has been seen on the New York stage in the US premiere of Murray Schisgal’s “74 Georgia Avenue,” which was performed in English and Yiddish; the recent staged reading of Kevin Ray’s jazz musical The Last Word; the New York theatrical premiere of Cross That River, A Shelter In Our Car, Repo: The Genetic Opera, The Elf, The Bunny and the Big Xmas Blowup and the workshop of Hell’s Kitchen: The Musical. Among his favorite roles are Jim Conley in Parade, Big Moe in Five Guys Named Moe, Ken in Ain’t Misbehavin, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Parchester in Me and My Girl, Victor in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Jim in Big River. He had a featured role in the film “Mickey.” As a singer-songwriter, he has performed across the Northeast, and has three CDs available at tonyperry.com. He resides in New York City with his wife, Beth, is a student of George DiCenzo and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
“On a Midtown stage next week, the week of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, two African-American singers will sing a medley of traditional slavery-inspired blues and jazz songs. Within a few minutes they will be joined by an Israeli-born performer, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors — and the trio will sing together in English and Yiddish…” more