Bringing Musical History to Life
Yisrael Lutnick, cantor and musical theater performer, has created a new type of performance, the Storytelling Historical Concert. He initiated the concept with his acclaimed "Frankly, Sinatra.." show, and now brings it to full fruition with the extraordinary stories and music of Yossele Rosenblatt and George Gershwin. Yisrael has performed in New York's theater district, in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, the Catskills and across Israel. He has been featured on Channel 10's "The Professionals", Channel 33's "Sheva Arbaim", and Channel 2's "Yetzira Mekomit".
"Your performance AND conception of this new show was brilliant." RH, Netanya
"Saw him last month in Ra'anana in Israel, he was great!" PJ, USA.
"I have to tell you I really loved the show. You really used your voice a lot and I learned a lot about your capabilities." LW, Jerusalem.
"It was terrific." BK, Jerusalem.
"I thank you! We enjoyed the concert immensely. It was original, entertaining and very worthwhile. Yeshar koach!" NT, Ra'anana.
Rosenblatt & Gershwin: The Charedi Cantor and the Secular Songwriter
These two vastly different men conquered a continent. George Gershwin and Yossele Rosenblatt were the giants of the Jewish musical world of the 1920s and 30s. One, the son of recent immigrants, became the toast of the town, the King of Broadway. The other, an immigrant himself, was feted by presidents and opera greats for bringing his Jewishness to America's greatest stages. He was the King of the Cantors.
It is hard to believe just how big Yossele Rosenblatt was, even, and maybe especially, among non-Jewish audiences. When was the last time a non-Jewish culture critic came to write a rave review of a Yom Kippur service, taking place in one of the most historic venues in Chicago? When Yossele was singing, that's when. Yossele's art was legendary, as was his piety. In the concert, we will hear about how he refused an offer-he-couldn't-refuse, how his generosity was his undoing, and how he helped make motion picture history.
Gershwin became the King of Broadway at an incredibly young age. His rise to prominence was meteoric, as his talent was so far beyond anything the New York scene had seen. He achieved the incredible feat of bridging the worlds of popular and classical music. His fans included Ravel, Stravinsky, Shonberg and Rachmaninoff. He wrote some of the most haunting, fun and inspired music of all time. And he left us far too soon.
Yisrael Lutnick tells their riveting stories with humor and reverence, while singing an eclectic mix of Yossele's chazzanut, George's songs, and a touch of opera.
He will be accompanied by Award-winning pianist Haim Tukachinsky, a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. An accomplished soloist, accompanist and composer, Haim has served as musical director for many Jerusalem theatrical productions, including with Israel Musicals.