"I'm proud to be a Jew on the stage," Hershey Felder says. The Canadian-born pianist/composer/actor/producer, who comes from a family of rabbis -- also performers -- achieved worldwide fame for his one-man show, George Gershwin Alone, in which, as Gershwin, he re-creates the Jewish-American composer's world. Felder's Love Songs of the Yiddish Theater is a fond tribute to that remarkable institution, written with an insider's knowledge, as Felder grew up performing in Montreal's Yiddish Theatre. This week, his Aliyah Concerto, a musical story about the creation of the State of Israel, will premiere with the Colburn Orchestra and piano soloist Ory Shihor, when the Colburn School presents "An Evening With Hershey Felder." But Felder doesn't just deal with things Jewish. Also on the program is the world premiere of his latest play, Nine Hours on Tenth, "the unknown story of President Lincoln's last hours," featuring Felder as storyteller.
Sat., Nov. 7, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 8, 2 & 8 p.m., 2009