The San Francisco Symphony presentation of “The Thomashefskys” is a music-hall apotheosis of the king and queen of Yiddish theater, Boris and Bessie T.
Says Michael Tilson Thomas, their grandson, and also creator, narrator, conductor of the show: “You can trace the whole history of Broadway music from its roots in the Yiddish theater, from klezmer and operetta, to Gershwin and Tin Pan Alley, and on to Broadway musicals.”
It’s a a tall order, but those who saw this multimedia documentary concert in 2005 vouce for it, and recommend the program wholeheartedly.
There are few events combining music, drama, comedy, personal and musical history in such a seamless, joyful manner. Judy Blazer, Neal Benari, Ronit Widmann-Levi and Eugene Brancoveanu are soloists.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at Davies Symphony Hall, located at 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Tickets are $35 to $125. Call (415) 864-6000 or visit www.sfsymphony.org.