On April 5 and 6, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will be leading a tribute to his grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, in Avery Fisher Hall at New York's Lincoln Center.
At the heart of the show are Tilson Thomas’ memories of his grandmother Bessie. She settled in Los Angeles in her old age to be with her children and grandchildren, and discovered that many of the kids who had hung around the Yiddish theaters on Second Avenue in its heyday were running the Hollywood studios. It was no surprise to her that they filled their movies with the pathos, comedy, and melodrama they had learned on the Lower East Side.In this video, Tilson Thomas introduces the Philadelphia show, which is the same show he will present at Lincoln Center in April. Enjoy!