KlezFest: A Celebration of Klezmer at Or Hadash

Please join us for a lively celebration of Klezmer music, featuring world-renowned Klezmer musicians the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and longtime Philadelphia favorites the Ken Ulansey Klezmer Ensemble. Opening for these two great acts will be Or Hadash’s own New Klezmaniax! Our evening will begin at 7:30 pm with a short Havdallah service and will feature a wide variety of Klezmer favorites. For more than 25 years, Deborah Strauss and Cantor Jeff Warschauer have been at the forefront of the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They are renowned worldwide for their depth of experience and knowledge, and for their innovative performances and workshops.  Penn Council for the Arts winner Ken Ulansey leads a versatile Klezmer ensemble that flavors its broad Klezmer repertoire with lively world-music nuances. In addition to all this delightful music, we’ll be serving complimentary wine and hard cider, courtesy of Stone & Key Cellars; and yummy desserts will be available for purchase. Admission is $35. For tickets, please go to www.orhadash.com or the direct link, www.goo.gl/PBW4uK .  Tickets also will be available at the door. For information, contact Lori Rubin, [email protected] . Come get your Klez on!!!

The Grand Lady Of Jewish Jazz

Come and enjoy the musical stylings of Israeli performer and composer Zlata Razdolina as she presents original compositions, based on the blending of her personal style with traditional Klezmer jazz. The program will include dynamic dance pieces with elements of jazz, as well as compositions dedicated to Israel, such as “Israeli Rhapsody,”” Tel Aviv,” among others.  In addition, Zlata Razdolina will perform Jewish folk songs in Yiddish, popular songs in Hebrew, and powerful original songs about Israel.   To add to the magic of the evening, a jazz band will be accompanying Mrs. Razdolina’s performance.

Zlata Razdolina has been one of the leading composers and pezlata razdolina jewish jazzrformers of Klezmer Jazz for many years. Razdolina was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), where she also gained her musical education. An acclaimed artist, she is a laureate of many national and international music competitions, as well as the author of over 600 musical pieces in various genres. Zlata Razdolina’s compositions have been broadcast on BBC and on various radio stations worldwide.

Zlata tours internationally with her original compositions, which effortlessly combine different worlds and cultures. Today, Zlata Razdolina is happy to share her incredible gift with the world by performing her music for a live audience. We are delighted to be able to host her, so join us in celebrating this talent!

Jewish Heritage Festival

Congregation Hesed Shel Emet in Pottstown, PA presents its 2nd Annual Jewish Heritage Festival – Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 11 am – 5 pm.  The Festival features kosher favorites such as brisket, corned beef, hot dogs, knishes etc.  We also offer dairy favorites such as kugel, lox and bagels, and blintzes.

Admission and parking are free. Enjoy entertainment for kids by Music Monkey Jungle, and for all ages – back by popular demand – Klezmer with Class.  Rabbi Ira Flax will offer Torah Talks and Jack Wolf will present a history of the Jewish Community of Pottstown.

Vendors and crafters will also be on site, as well as a robust basket raffle, and lots of goodies to take home from our bake sale.

 

The Big Yiddish Dance Party!

On November 18 at 7:00 pm, Dan Blacksberg will present “The Big Yiddish Dance Party” at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. This party aims to bring klezmer music to Philadelphia the way it is meant to be experienced, with live music and dance leading by some of the best and brightest performers active today. In addition to the evening dance party, the day will include two workshops, one led by master dance leader Steve Weintraub exploring different styles of Yiddish dance, the other, led by Dan Blacksberg and clarinetist Michael Winograd, will be on the nuances of klezmer style for advances instrumentalists. The dance party will be a free event, while the workshops will have a suggested donation of $5-10. Dan Blacksberg has partnered with the Rotunda and the Philadelphia Folklore Project for this party.

Please visit their website for more details and sign up on Facebook.  

Swaying But Not Quite Swayed Sway Machine In Concert At NMAJH

The music group The Sway Machine made its Philadelphia debut the evening of September 20, 2012, at the National Museum of American Jewish History, performing a cycle of songs titled “Hidden Melodies Revealed,” which the group describes as “a secret celebration of Rosh HaShanah.” For this Philadelphia performance, The Sway Machine was Jeremiah Lockwood (guitar, vocals, composition/storytelling), John Bollinger (drums), Stuart Bogie (tenor sax), Jordan McLean (trumpet), and Nikhil Yerawadekar (electric bass). Each of these musicians is a prolific performer and collaborator, with each other and with many another group. The group’s ‘sound’, its ideal to which it is attuned and its traditional referential of origin, is a confluence and combination of various, call them, lineages of music: Klezmer, Jewish cantorial music (Jeremiah Lockwood is the grandson of cantor Jacob Konigsberg), the music of Mali guitarist, singer, and composer Ali Farka Toure, to name just these.
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