Hershey Felder is known for his theatrical portrayals of great composers (George Gershwin Alone, Beethoven, Irving Berlin, Fryderyk Chopin, Leonard  Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, Liszt and more, as well as a full season of theatrical creations brought to you at home from his artistic base in Florence, Italy.  With the onset of world changes, Hershey Felder created HERSHEY FELDER PRESENTS - LIVE FROM FLORENCE, an Arts Broadcasting Company, devoted both to entertaining, as well as raising funds for Artists and Theatrical organizations in need, including GRIPPO STAGE COMPANYBEFORE FIDDLER will be Hershey's 6th live broadcast following IRVING BERLIN, BEETHOVEN, GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE, A PARIS LOVE STORY, and TCHAIKOVKSY

"If streaming is here to stay, THIS is the way to do it..."

           Peter Danish - BROADWAY WORLD 

Sunday, February 7th, 2021 at 5 pm PST/ 7 pm CST/ 8 pm EST 

Your ticket purchase will help Grippo Stage Company in our mission to use theater to fight bigotry and hate, especially anti-Semitism.  

(Includes extended viewing access to the recording through Sunday, Feb. 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 Solem 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 Palesitsky; clarientist Riccardo Crocilla; accordionist and bassoonist Francesca 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 De Carli 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


as Sholem Aleichem  in 

‚ÄčGRIPPO STAGE COMPANY is proud to partner with HERSHEY FELDER PRESENTS - LIVE FROM FLORENCE for this incredible live streamed entertainment. We will receive 50% of the revenue from tickets you purchase through our links on this page. We are grateful for your support and for the generosity of Hershey Felder for choosing us as a partner. 

Featuring Klezmerata Florentina 


    (World Premiere)