Sholem Aleichem in


Featuring Klezmerata Fiorentina

Sunday, February 7th, 2021 at 5pm Pacific / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern

(Includes extended viewing access of the recording through Sunday, February 14th)





Decades before the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof first delighted worldwide audiences, there was Sholem Aleichem and his beloved character of ‘Tevye the Milkman.’ When he was only 24 years old, Aleichem published his first story, Tsvey Shteyner (“Two Stones”), and by 1890, he had become a central figure in Yiddish literature. Aleichem was known as the “Jewish Mark Twain” for his similar writing style and pen name usage.

Felder will play Sholem Aleichem himself – giving audiences the true story of what happened "Before Fiddler."

Long before songs like “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset” first beguiled audiences, there was Klezmer, the music of the Old World; a music that imitated talking, laughing, weeping, and singing, and where musicians didn’t just make music, they spoke to you in song.

In Florence, Italy, one of the oldest artistic centers in the world, a group of musicians have been virtuosos in the world-famous Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino by day (under the baton of famed conductor Zubin Mehta), and then become the Klezmerata Fiorentina by night. The quartet consists of violinist and violist Igor Polesitsky; clarinetist Riccardo Crocilla; accordionist and bassoonist Francesco Furlanich; and double bass player Riccardo Donati.

Filmed on location where events actually took place, this streaming production will feature the stories and characters of Sholem Aleichem, along with music that is sure to move the soul.

Before Fiddler – Live from Florence is directed by Felder & Stefano DeCarli, with associate direction by Trevor Hay. Production design is by Hershey Felder. Film production and live editing is by the DeCarli Live film company. Live broadcast and sound design production are by Erik Carstensen. Line producer is Annette Nixon. Production and broadcast development is by Meghan Maiya. Costumes and Hair are by Isabelle Gerbe. Scenic construction is directed by Pierre Gerbe.


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  • Are these performances being put on by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley? No, these performances are being put on by Hershey Felder Presents. TheatreWorks is partnering with Hershey Felder to promote these events to our patrons, and Mr. Felder is graciously donating a portion of the proceeds back to our organization. All ticketing and communication for these events will be handled by Hershey Felder Presents. Tickets can only be purchased online at Eventbrite, and cannot be purchased by phone or email through the TheatreWorks Box Office.

  • I am a renewed Season 51 subscriber, or I donated Season 50 tickets back to you in early 2020. Do I get free access to these events? No, because these events are not being produced by TheatreWorks. These events are only available for purchase through Hershey Felder Presents via Eventbrite. A portion of all ticket sales made through TheatreWorks' exclusive ticketing links will benefit TheatreWorks Silicon Valley directly.

  • How will I receive the LIVE STREAM Link?

    Viewing info and links will be emailed on the following schedule: 

    Before Fiddler: Friday, February 5th, 2021
    Puccini: Friday, March 12, 2021
    Anna & Sergei: Friday, May 14, 2021

  • What if I experience technical difficulties or am unable to view the LIVE STREAM? Neither TheatreWorks nor Hershey Felder Presents are responsible for technical difficulties on your home devices or any issues with your local broadband or wifi. However, there is online support available at events@hersheyfelderpresents.com, and they will give you as much help as is possible. ALSO, if you do have technical difficulties, please remember that your purchase includes the live stream AND an additional week of "on demand" access to a video recording of the live stream (available starting one hour after the live broadcast concludes). · Additional "How To Watch a HFP Live Stream" instructions can be found HERE.

  • What if the LIVE STREAM buffers while I am watching? Don’t worry, you can watch what you missed in the on-demand recording of the performance later. The recording will be available to you to view at your convenience for ONE week after the event. For buffering troubleshooting tips, click HERE.

  • What's the refund policy? There are no refunds for Hershey Felder Presents events.

  • Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? No transfers or sharing.

  • May I give this as a gift or purchase access for multiple households? Yes, you may gift access to friends and family! To do so, you will need to create a separate order for each household, and provide a different name and email address associated with that viewing household during checkout. The confirmation email will go directly to them.

  • How do I contact the organizer if I have questions? You can email events@hersheyfelderpresents.com with questions, and they will get back to you as soon as possible.