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Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof

Jerry Bock / arr. Ira Hearshen

Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof is a medley from the blockbuster Broadway 1964 musical. The five dances are “Tradition,” Wedding Dance #1 (The Bottle Dance),” “Perchik and Hodel Dance,” “Chava Sequence” and “To Life - Dance.”

Fiddler is a musical portrait of Eastern European Orthodox Jews in the village of Anatevka as they experience pogroms and the threat of expulsion by the Russian czar. The story centers around Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman with five daughters, and his family’s struggles with the traditions, culture and faith they are used to relying on in adversity.

Composer Jerry Bock (1928 – 2010) was raised in New York and studied at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He and lyricist Sheldon Harnick composed a series of musicals, including the hit Fiorello! which also brought them the Tony Award.

Last updated on December 4, 2019 by Palatine Concert Band