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Beyond Boundaries: Klezmer Music in the 21st Century

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Dec 16, 2008
Dec 16, 2008
Segal Theater

A Symposium and Concert with Yale Strom, Matt Haimovitz and others

Please join us for a symposium and concert featuring distinguished Klezmer performers, scholars, composers and cultural mediators.

The afternoon symposium at 3:00 p.m. will explore the current state of Klezmer music and its implications for the 21st century. Moderated by Jewish music specialist, Dr. Marsha Dubrow, a Resident Scholar of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Jewish Studies, and featuring panelists Yale Strom, Joel Rubin, Eve Sicular and Stephen Dankner, among others, this eclectic conversation promises to stimulate rich discussion about Klezmer as a world music genre with a long history and an evolving future.

The evening concert at 7:00 p.m. will feature a performance of traditional Klezmer music by renowned Klezmer performing artist and author Yale Strom and his band Hot Pstromi. Acclaimed cellist, Matt Haimovitz, will perform composer Stephen Dankner’s Klezmer Fantasy accompanied by pianist Geoffrey Burlson, faculty member at Hunter College, CUNY and Princeton University.

Matt Haimovitz is a musical pioneer who has inspired classical music lovers and won over countless new listeners to the genre by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses. Through his visionary approach, Haimovitz champions new music and initiates groundbreaking collaborations with and beyond the classical domain.

Yale Strom is a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Rom communities. From more than two decades and 70 research expeditions, Strom has become one of the world’s leading ethnographer artist of Klezmer music and history.

Beyond Boundaries: Klezmer Music in the 21st Century has been created and will be co-produced and co-presented by the Center for Jewish Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY, with input from Yale Strom and other participants.

Symposium at 3:00 p.m., Concert at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2008, Proshansky Auditorium. Free!