Kelly Hall-Tompkins, who is the violin soloist in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof, will release a new solo album entitled The Fiddler: Expanding Tradition later this year.
The new recording features original and commissioned Fiddler solo violin music from the creative team of the Broadway musical—arranger Oran Eldor and music director/orchestrator Ted Sperling. In anticipation of the album, Hall-Tompkins has produced two music videos, which feature songs that will be on the album: Hall-Tompkins' arrangement of “If I Were a Rich Man” for violin solo and “Fiddler Rhapsody and Scherzo,” arranged by Eldor, commissioned by Hall-Tompkins and developed by her and Eldor.
Watch the videos below:
In a statement Hall-Tompkins said, “Inspired by Danny Burstein's prodigious and endearing Tevye night after night, I have written my own solo violin version of ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ and dedicated it to Danny. When embarking on this role, I was inspired by the towering icons who have come before us, the Tevyes, the Fiddlers, the Broadway productions and film. In this new recording The Fiddler: Expanding Tradition, I am even more inspired to document our time and amazing cast in these iconic roles while also adding new tradition and repertoire to the canon.”