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Klezmer Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia

September 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Main Line Reform Temple and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia are proud to present a lecture and concert. Hankus Netsky, along with trumpeter Susan Watts, trombonist Dan Blacksberg, and clarinetist and accordionist Zoe Christiansen will perform. The Klezmer revival has figured prominently in a re-definition of Jewish identity as an ethnic and cultural heritage in recent years, inspiring large-scale performances and major festivals in the Jewish, folk-music, jazz, classical music, and World Music communities. Netsky’s lecture and the music accompanying it will highlight the music played at South Philadelphia’s Jewish weddings in the first half of the twentieth century.

Hankus Netsky, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and scholar and author of “Klezmer: Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia.” Trumpeter Susan Watts and trombonist Dan Blacksberg are two of the major figures in Philadelphia’s klezmer music revival and are the organizers of the city’s “Community Klezmer Initiative, a non-profit organization that sponsors local concerts, dances, and educational programs focusing on klezmer as a cultural heritage.

After the program, attendees can purchase Netsky’s recent book, “Klezmer: Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia.” The book presents a detailed ethnographic portrait of Philadelphia’s Jewish musicians, the environment they worked in, and the unique repertoire they performed at local Jewish lifestyle and communal celebrations.

Open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested.


September 17, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia


Main Line Reform Temple
401 Montgomery Avenue
Wynnewood, PA United States
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