The Yellow Ticket






The Yellow Ticket
Ann Arbor, MI

November 12, 2018  7:00 PM 


The Yellow Ticket
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Burlington, ON, Canada

February 8, 2019  8 PM


The Yellow Ticket
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Oakville, ON, Canada

February 16, 2019  8 PM




Svigals is the recipient of the Foundation for Jewish Culture's 2013 New Jewish Music Network commission for her new score to the 1918 Pola Negri silent movie The Yellow Ticket. She is currently touring this multimedia event, in which Klezmer Unfettered, her duo with pianist Marilyn Lerner,  performs live to screenings of the film.  


I believe this accompaniment to The Yellow Ticket is one of the most powerful I have heard. It evokes not only a sense of the contemporary context of the culture in which the film took place, but our awareness of what was done to it afterwards. The sound of piano, violin and the human voice evoke passion, energy and a profound sense of mourning, bridging the historical distance between us and this film as eloquently as does Pola Negri’s extraordinary face.
Professor Tom Gunning, University of Chicago Department of Art History, Department of Cinema and Media Studies 




The Yellow Ticket production was commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s New Jewish Culture Network, a league of North American performing arts presenters committed to the creation and touring of innovative projects. The Yellow Ticket received its debut at the Washington Jewish Music Festival presented by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center through a commission made possible by the Arthur Tracy “The Street Singer” Endowment Fund. The New Jewish Culture Network has received major support from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by Sylvia M. Neil, the Milken Family Foundation and other donors.
The Yellow Ticket
The Ashokan Center
Olivebridge, NY

May 20, 2018  7:30 PM 

The Yellow Ticket
Brooklyn, NY

May 19, 2018  7 PM

The Yellow Ticket
With pianist Donald Sosin
March 27, 2018 
Jewett Art Center
September 23, 2017, 3 PM
Gordon Gamm Theater, Dairy Arts Center
September 15, 2017, 8 PM
September 10, 2017, 7 PM
Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
September 7, 2017, 8 PM
March 25, 2017, 7:30 PM
January 19, 2017, 7 PM
Stanford University, CA
January 18, 2017, 7:30 PM
Virginia Film Festival/ University of VA
November 6, 2016
Kinoteka, Warsaw, Poland
September 8, 2016, 7pm
Kino Kijow Centrum, Cracow, Poland
September 5, 2016, 7pm
White Stork Synagogue, Wroclaw, Poland 
September 3, 2016, 9pm 
Brandeis University, Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts
April 14, 2016
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue
April 9, 2016 
Cornell University
April7, 2016
Grinnell College
November 21, 2015 
University of Wisconsin, Madison
November 6, 2015
Detroit Institute of Art
April 24, 2015
With Seattle Symphony clarinetist Laura DeLuca!
Irvington Town Hall 
Irvington, NY
April 19, 2015 
Kenyon College, OH
March 28, 2015
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
September 21, 2014
Ashkenaz Festival, Toronto
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
August 31, 2014
Detroit Institue of Art
Presented by Cinetopia Film Festival
With Seattle Symphony clarinetist Laura DeLuca!
June 8, 2014
Benaroya Hall, Seattle 
Commissioned and presented by Music of Remembrance   
Premiere of new version of the score for violin, clarinet and piano, with clarinetist Laura DeLuca of the Seattle Symphony.
May 12, 2014
Swarthmore College, PA
Lang Concert Hall
Panel discussion with the performers and Robert Weinberg (Swarthmore Dept of History), Laurie Bernstein (Rutgers Department of History) and Barbara Milewski (Swarthmore Department of Music) to follow.
April 4, 2014 
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
March 1, 2014 
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Scheuer Chapel, Cincinnati
Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival opening night gala 
February 8, 2014 
Chisuk Emuna Congregation, Harrisburg, PA
November 17, 2013 
North Adams, MA
November 16, 2013 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 
Presented by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, the Houston Cinema Arts Society and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
November 7, 2013 
Composers and Klezmers: Alicia Svigals on Bartók, Bloch, and the Score to The Yellow Ticket
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston
November 6, 2013 
University of Chicago, Logan Center for the Arts
October 26, 2013 
The Gershman Y, Philadelphia
Co-presented with the National Museum of American Jewish History
May 9, 2013 
National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadephia
Special event in conjunction with May 9 screening of the Yellow Ticket.
Acoustic Conversations: Women in Music.  A panel discussion at the  with Alicia Svigals, Jeri Lynne Johnson, Founding Music Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and Magdaliz Roura, Puerto Rican singer of folk and traditional music.  Moderated by Andrea Clearfield, award-winning composer.
May 5, 2013 
New Center for Arts and Culture at Coolidge Corner Theater, Boston
Co-presented by Boston Jewish Music Festival in collaboration with the Boston Jewish Film Festival.  Followed by a panel discussion with scholars from Brandeis and Harvard.
April 29, 2013 
Southwest Michigan Jewish Film Festival, Kalamazoo
April 21, 2013
Coral Gables Art Cinema, Miami
Presented by Next@19 in collaboration with the Miami International Film Festival
March 3, 2013 
Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts at the Norman Rothstein Theatre
February 17, 2013
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York
Walter Reade Theater
The New York Jewish Film Festival, a collaboration between the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center
January 10, 2013
Washington DCJCC: Washington Jewish Music Festival and Washington Jewish Film Festival
May 21, 2012