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Rubin, Rushefsky on radio, live, Ithaca, NY, Oct 30

WVBR's Crossing Borders to FEATURE: KLEZMER "LIVE" ON OCTOBER 30 at 8 PM.

Ithaca, NY….WVBR's live broadcast concert series "Crossing Borders" will feature the celebrated duo of clarinetist Joel Rubin and tsimbalist Pete Rushefsky in an evening of Hasidic nigunim (songs of spiritual elevation) and old-time instrumental Klezmer music which draws on the Jewish heritage of Eastern Europe on Saturday night, October 30th from 8 to 10 PM. The two-hour series, hosted by Denice Karamardian, is broadcast live from the Carriage House Café at 305 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, and airs on 93.5FM and online at WVBR.com. The performance is open to the public and admission is $10.

Rubin, the leading klezmer clarinetist in the world today, is currently Rothman Family Visiting Lecturer in Judaic Studies at Syracuse University and Visiting Scholar at the Cornell University Society for the Humanities. He holds a P.H.D. in ethnomusicology from City University of London for his pioneering work on klezmer music and is the author of two books on the subject. Rubin studied clarinet with Richard Stolzman and Kalmen Opperman. He directs the internationally acclaimed Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble as well as the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble. He has concertized throughout Europe, North America and Asia for the past 25 years and records for Schott Wergo.

Pete Rushefsky, of New York, is one of the finest tsimbalists performing today and a leading revivalist of the tsimbl (also called 'cimbalom', an Eastern European Jewish hammered dulcimer.) One of a handful of young klezmer musicians to use field and archival research in recreating a performance style for the tsimbl, he performs and records with some of the leading performers of contemporary klezmer music including violinists Steven Greenman, Elie Rosenblatt, and Alicia Svigals (Klezmatics), flutist Adrienne Greenbaum, and vocalist/pianist Rebecca Kaplan. Rushefsky has taught on the faculties of Klezkamp and KlezKanada, and has authored an instructional book with tape entitled "The Essentials of Klezmer 5-string Banjo, Volume I."

Crossing Borders is a two hour, weekly multi-cultural live radio concert series, dedicated to presenting international, local ethnic, and local original artists, often in combination, live from the Carriage House Café. Admission is $10 at the door.

The Carriage House Café is a newly renovated 1850 carriage house that features naturally superior acoustics and whose mission is to promote multicultural interaction through entertainment, education and cuisine. The Café offers a light menu and lively entertainment.

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