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Michael Tilson Thomas pays tribute to “The Thomashefskys”

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Michael Tilson Thomas stands before a contingent of the Los Angeles Philharmonic beneath a projection of an early photo of himself with his celebrated grandmother, Bessie. The San Francisco Symphony’s music director is paying tribute to his grandparents at Walt Disney Concert Hall with “The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater.” (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
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Tilson Thomas accompanies Judy Blazer, portraying his paternal grandmother, in a Yiddish song from the early 20th century. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Time)
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Neal Benari as the larger-than-life Boris Thomashefsky, a performer and impresario who died before his grandson Michael was born. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Time)
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In re-creating Yiddish musical numbers from a century ago at Disney Hall, Tilson Thomas has dug up and orchestrated songs and overtures that haven’t had a forum like this for decades. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Time)
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Eugene Brancoveanu shares the role of Boris Thomashefsky. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Time)
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Boris (Neal Benari) supplies fans to a diva of the day (Tamara Wapinsky) as Bessie (Judy Blazer) applauds. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Time)
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Michael Tilson Thomas, who also serves as a kind of master of ceremonies for the celebration of his grandparents, encourages audience participation. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Time)
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