National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

Autumn Songs

We’re premiering Autumn Songs with Theresa Tova and friends, a new Yiddish music concert featuring powerhouse vocalist Theresa Tova alongside collaborators Fern Lindzon and David Woodhead

Autumn Songs offers up stunning performances of some of Tova’s favorite songs — including Yiddish classics and new translations of popular songs, all presented with English supertitles.

“As an actress, I’ve spent most of my life pretending to be something I’m not,” Tova said. “I’m a second-generation daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors. In order to survive, my mother had to hide who she was — but as a Yiddish diva, I can sing loudly and tell the world.” 

Theresa Tova is a Canadian actress, singer and playwright most noted for her play Still the Night, which won several Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 1997 and was a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General’s Award for English-language drama at the 1999 Governor General’s Awards.

The daughter of Polish Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, Tova was born in Paris, France and raised in Calgary, Alberta.

Still the Night, a musical play which combined Jewish music, including vaudeville and klezmer, with the story of two young girls surviving the Holocaust in the forests of Poland.

David Woodhead’s name appears on some 350 recording projects, and he’s worked with many influential artists including Perth County Conspiracy, Stan Rogers, Oliver Schroer, Gil Scott-Heron, and David Sanborn. His live gigs have included working with Malagasy guitarist Donné Roberts, classical-folk fusioneers Ensemble Polaris, and veteran jazzers Manteca, as well as touring internationally with master songwriter James Keelaghan.

JUNO Award nominee Fern Lindzon is a multi-faceted pianist, vocalist, and arranger. Fern possesses a technique WholeNote Magazine called “breathtakingly beautiful,” respected jazz critic Mark Miller wrote “is secure in her sense of herself, her art, and her craft,” New Canadian Music described as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished vocalists, pianists, and songwriters on the T.O. jazz scene,” and Montreal critic Irwin Block lauded as “a rare and fascinating talent.”

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Season 23/24

Starts October 18, 2023

Nov 14 – Dec 10, 2023

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