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Klezmerquerque Klezmer music & dance fest, Albuquerque, NM, Feb 15-17, 2008

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Albuquerque's annual Klezmer music and dance festival celebrates its sixth year over Presidents’ Day weekend.

All events held at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos) in Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

Friday, February 15th, 6:30-10:00pm:
6:30pm: The festival opens with a danced Freylekhe Shabbes "service" to the music of Alavados, Nahalat Shalom's 5-piece in-house band. Dances will be led by Nahalat Shalom's Yiddish dance troupe Rikud.
7:00pm: Vegetarian POTLUCK dinner.
Beyond the Pale
8:00pm: Performances by Toronto's acclaimed and award-winning Beyond the Pale, Chicago's klezmer dance-master Steve Weintraub, Abq's own The Rebbe's Orkestra with special guest vocalist & clarinetist from Seattle Sheila Fox. 8:45pm: The music and dance continues with the 20-piece Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band and open dancing led and taught by Steve Weintraub with Rikud.

The cost for Friday evening's event is a $15-$18 suggested donation (under 18-free or donation).

KLEZMERQUERQUE 2008 welcomes back by popular demand the klezmer dance master from Chicago: Steve Weintraub, who teaches and performs klezmer and East European Jewish dance at workshops around the world. Steve will perform on Friday and Saturday evenings in addition to teaching two dance workshops on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Rebbe's Orkestra, the popular Albuquerque-based klezmer ensemble will also perform on Friday and Saturday evenings with special guest clarinetist and vocalist Seattle's Kosher Red Hots: Sheila Fox. Sheila will also be teaching a Yiddish & Sephardic song workshop on Sunday from 10:30am-noon.

KLEZMERQUERQUE 2008 also welcomes back Toronto's critically-acclaimed and award-winning 5-piece klezmer ensemble Beyond the Pale. The band will be teaching klezmer music classes on Saturday and Sunday plus BTP’s virtuoso violinist Aleksandar Gajic will teach a special Serbian violin kolo workshop on Saturday. Beyond the Pale will perform on Friday evening and is the featured band at the concert/dance party on Saturday, Feb. 16th at 7:30PM. Tickets for the Saturday concert may be purchased in advance for $18.00 (for ALL seats/ages) at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (505)344-8139 and at Natural Sound, 3422 Central Ave. SE (505)255-8295 - both in Albuquerque. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20.00-general and $18.00-fixed income & under 18.

On Saturday, February 16th from 11AM-Noon there will be a special FREE klezmer potpourri presentation for kids and families - advanced reservations REQUIRED (call 243-6276).
And from 12:15-1:30PM come have a vegetarian lunch at KLEZMERQUERQUE as you listen to the beautiful klezmer string music of Albuquerque's "Kompanye"—Admission is an $8.00-$15.00 donation.

The festival will open on Friday, February 15th at 6:30PM with a danced Freylekhe Shabbes to the music of Alavados, Nahalat Shalom’s 5-piece in-house band with dancing led by Rikud -Nahalat Shalom’s Yiddish dance troupe. At 7PM there will be a vegetarian potluck dinner and at 8PM there will be performances by Beyond the Pale, Yiddish dance-master Steve Weintraub, and ABQ’s own The Rebbe's Orkestra with special guest artist Sheila Fox. The music and dance will continue with Nahalat Shalom’s 20-piece Community Klezmer band and open dancing led by Steve Weintraub and Rikud. Admission for Friday evening’s event is a $15-$18 suggested donation (under 18-free/donation).

Admission for the entire weekend of events (2 concerts/dance parties, 3 classes, klezmer potpourri presentation and a lunch with music program) is $90-general, $75-seniors/fixed income/under 18. Individual classes (one-and-a-half hour long each) are $20-general / $16-fixed income.

For more information please contact:

Festival Coordinator Beth Cohen (505) 243-6276 or email her and/or

Congregation Nahalat Shalom www.nahalatshalom.org (505)343-8227
Pre-registration forms are available on the web site -----

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