Donald Sosin is a pianist and composer who grew up in Rye, NY, and Munich, Germany. Since 1971, he has performed his silent film music at Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Kennedy Center and major film festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Telluride, Tribeca and more. Donald is a favorite guest artist at Washington, DC's, National Gallery, BAM, AFI Silver, Moscow's prestigious Lumière Gallery, the Thailand Silent FIlm Festival and the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival in South Korea and he also performs each year at Italy's silent film retrospectives in Bologna and Pordenone. Donald also records for Criterion, Kino, Milestone and TCM. oldmoviemusic.com

About Alicia Svigals
Alicia Svigals is a composer, vocalist and the world's foremost Klezmer violinist, who almost singlehandedly rescued that fiddle tradition with her 1996 recording "Fidl." Svigals is a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, whom she co-led for 17 years. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in NYC. Svigals has taught, composed for, recorded and toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman, and has composed for the Kronos Quartet. She's been featured in Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" at Madison Square Garden, and composer Osvaldo Golijov was commissioned to create a work for her and clarinetist David Krakauer entitled "Rocketekiya," presented at Merkin Concert Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Svigals works in many genres, recording on projects from Hasidic star Avraham Fried's Avinu Malkeynu to the soundtrack to THE L-WORD, from string quartets for singer Diane Birch's debut "Bible Belt" to Indian-style violin on Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar's "Rishte." She's performed in stadiums with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, recorded for John Cale and the Ben Folds Five and John Zorn's Cobra. She wrote an Americana soundtrack for Judith Helfand's documentary THE UPRISING OF 1934, arranged string quartets for singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman at Carnegie Hall and provided original music for choreographers Risa Jaroslow at Lincoln Center and Naomi Goldberg at the Ford Theater in L.A. Her album "Vodkazak," produced by a Chabad rabbi, feature her Klezmer interpretations of Hasidic nigunim, a rare production from that community featuring a female artist. aliciasvigals.com" /> AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

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CITY WITHOUT JEWS, THE

Silent with live musical accompaniment, performing a newly composed score, by Donald Sosin (piano) and Alicia Svigals (klezmer violin)

[DIE STADT OHNE JUDEN]

1924's THE CITY WITHOUT JEWS was based on the 1922 satirical novel by Hugo Bettauer, a prolific Austrian writer and journalist who was murdered by a Nazi party member in 1925. Although set in a city called Utopia in the near future, the story clearly concerns 1920s Austrian society's antisemitism and the threat of growing extremism. After the National Assembly passes a law expelling all Jews from the country, the majority nativist population celebrates, but then panics over the resulting economic and cultural decline caused by the Jewish population's sudden absence. Directed by H. K. Breslauer in a daringly Expressionistic style, the film combines a darkly comedic tone with an unnervingly prescient depiction of how an imagined mass deportation might be carried out. Long thought lost, with only a badly damaged, incomplete copy surviving, a complete version of the film was discovered at a Paris flea market in 2015, and has now been digitally restored by the Austrian Film Archive. DIR/SCR/PROD H. K. Breslauer; SCR Ida Jenbach, from the novel by Hugo Bettauer. Austria, 1924, b&w, 80 min. Silent with English intertitles. NOT RATED

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Co-presented with JxJ. For more information visit JxJDC.org
Program made possible with support from the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts.

About Donald Sosin
"The top of the line of film pianists!" — Leonard Maltin, film critic.
Donald Sosin is a pianist and composer who grew up in Rye, NY, and Munich, Germany. Since 1971, he has performed his silent film music at Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Kennedy Center and major film festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Telluride, Tribeca and more. Donald is a favorite guest artist at Washington, DC's, National Gallery, BAM, AFI Silver, Moscow's prestigious Lumière Gallery, the Thailand Silent FIlm Festival and the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival in South Korea and he also performs each year at Italy's silent film retrospectives in Bologna and Pordenone. Donald also records for Criterion, Kino, Milestone and TCM. oldmoviemusic.com

About Alicia Svigals
Alicia Svigals is a composer, vocalist and the world's foremost Klezmer violinist, who almost singlehandedly rescued that fiddle tradition with her 1996 recording "Fidl." Svigals is a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, whom she co-led for 17 years. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in NYC. Svigals has taught, composed for, recorded and toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman, and has composed for the Kronos Quartet. She's been featured in Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" at Madison Square Garden, and composer Osvaldo Golijov was commissioned to create a work for her and clarinetist David Krakauer entitled "Rocketekiya," presented at Merkin Concert Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Svigals works in many genres, recording on projects from Hasidic star Avraham Fried's Avinu Malkeynu to the soundtrack to THE L-WORD, from string quartets for singer Diane Birch's debut "Bible Belt" to Indian-style violin on Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar's "Rishte." She's performed in stadiums with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, recorded for John Cale and the Ben Folds Five and John Zorn's Cobra. She wrote an Americana soundtrack for Judith Helfand's documentary THE UPRISING OF 1934, arranged string quartets for singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman at Carnegie Hall and provided original music for choreographers Risa Jaroslow at Lincoln Center and Naomi Goldberg at the Ford Theater in L.A. Her album "Vodkazak," produced by a Chabad rabbi, feature her Klezmer interpretations of Hasidic nigunim, a rare production from that community featuring a female artist. aliciasvigals.com

80 Minutes
Silent drama

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