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Saturday Night Concert: A Klezmer Hootenany with Yale Strom and Guests

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Oct 13, 2007
Oct 13, 2007
Proshansky Auditorium

Join Yale Strom and guests for a once in a lifetime performance of klezmer musicians from around the world who rarely, if ever, have shared the same stage. Musicians from Hungary, Germany, Ukraine, Israel, Canada and from throughout the United States have come to NYC to celebrate the revival of klezmer music, a renaissance that began thirty years ago in California. A real Klezmer Hootenany of Yiddish sing along, hasidic melodies, stage music of the Yiddish theatre and stories from the hinterlands of Eastern Europe. The musicians have all played a significant role in the klezmer revival since it began thirty years ago. Bring your voice. Lyrics will be provided. Moderated by Ellen Kushner, Sound and Spirit, National Public Radio.

Yale Strom (violinist, composer, filmmaker, writer, photographer, and playwright) is a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Rom communities. Initially, his work focused primarily on the use and performance of klezmer music among these two groups. Gradually, his focus increased to examining all aspects of their culture, from post-World War Two to the present. From more than 2 decades and 70 research expeditions, Strom has become the world’s leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer music and history.

Ellen Kushner hosts and writes the National Public Radio series Sound and Spirit, hailed by Bill Moyers as “the best show on public radio, bar none.” She is also a novelist and performer whose spoken word performances include Esther: the Feast of Masks (2004 Gracie Allen Award) and The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer ‘Nutcracker’ for Chanukah (with Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, on Rykodisc CD).

The evening is connected to The Great Day in Eldridge Street Project. The Eldridge Street Project, a non-profit, non-sectarian cultural organization, is preserving the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue as a center for historical reflection, aesthetic inspiration and spiritual renewal. Concerts, tours, literary events, art installations, workshops for school children, and other cultural and educational programs at the site serve audiences of all backgrounds. The Great Day Tour is funded in part by the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Gess Foundation and the Forward Foundation, among other funders.

The concert at the Graduate Center was made possible by generous support of the co-presenter, The Center for Jewish Studies, The Graduate Center CUNY, Frances Degen Horowitz (Jack H. Skirball Interim Director ).

8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2007, Proshansky Auditorium. Free!