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Klezmerquerque returns, Feb 15-17, 2008, Albuquerque, NM

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

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.

Beyond the PaleKLEZMERQUERQUE 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.

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

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