A Musical Salute to Molly Picon: Star of the Yiddish Theatre

Sunday, June 12, at 4:00 p.m.

Doors open at 2:45 p.m. for a 3:00 p.m. Cheese and Wine Reception with the Concert starting at 4:00 p.m.

This will be in-person only, tickets are $10.00 each in advance and $12.50 at the door (Only cash or checks will be accepted at the door), please click here to purchase your tickets today. Advance ticket sales close Thursday, June 9, 2022 at noon.

Dr. Diane Cypkin relates, through English narration, the life story of the exciting First Lady of the Yiddish Stage, Molly Picon, through the numerous songs she sang and often wrote, during her many years on the Yiddish stage. Indeed the concert, part cabaret and part classroom, is a cornucopia, a beautiful bouquet of tangos, waltzes and fox-trots that will have you humming for days. The concert is a fitting tribute to a legend!

DIANE CYPKIN, Ph.D. has appeared in many Yiddish language musical productions spanning more than three decades. She was Sheyne in Joseph the Musician; Beylke in Sholom Aleichem’s The Big Winner; Gitale in Light, Lively and Yiddish on Broadway and Tsirl in The Jewish Gypsy.

Dr. Cypkin has done much concert work, especially highlighting Molly Picon and other Yiddish theater greats.

Dr. Cypkin has also worked in English-speaking theater as both singer and actor. She has directed productions of The World of Sholom Aleichem, The Theater of Peretz and Green Fields. She curated an exceptionally well-received exhibition on Molly Picon at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She was the Yiddish Theater Consultant at the Museum of the City of New York. As a child of survivors, Dr. Cypkin has been very involved in Holocaust remembrance activities, and has participated and performed in numerous events in Israel and the United States.

Dr. Cypkin currently holds the post of Professor of Media, Communications and Visual Arts at Pace University, New York. She lives in Brooklyn.

TOBY SIMON will accompany Dr. Cypkin on the piano. Toby has served as accompanist for noted choral organizations, vocal and instrumental artists, and performed with the Boston Symphony as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Lenox, MA. Toby has been the recipient of numerous awards in the field of music education and choral singing from the states of New York and New Jersey. She was named “Massachusetts Music Teacher of the Year” by the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts in Education. Toby and her husband, Cantor Murray Simon, are members of Temple Beth Sholom of Sarasota, FL.