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Wholesale Klezmer and others in Tsunami Relief concert, Greenfield, MA, Feb 12

A group of local residents, including Wholesale Klezmer, is working hard to put on a benefit concert for tsunami survivors.

The concert is at Temple Israel, Pierce St, Greenfield on February 12 at 7.00. Snow date is Feb. 13th.

For information, and in case of uncertain weather, please call: 413-774-2136

If you are coming from out of town and cannot purchase your tickets for the Tsunami Benefit Concert at the World Eye Bookstore, you may send a check for your tickets, payable to the American Jewish World Service to: R. Witty, 51 Freeman Dr, Greenfield MA 01301

Proceeds will be sent to American Jewish World Services which is providing humanitarian aid and long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction support to the people affected by the tsunami. Tickets can be purchased at World Eye Book-store in Greenfield or at the door the evening of the concert.

An impressive lineup of musicians have volunteered their time and skills for the concert.

Michael DiMartino and World Beat are a nationally known group that perform all original music based on traditional rhythms and instruments from around the world. Their focus is to promote an awareness of the world’s multicultural diversity and the idea that the arts are a universal language, part of every culture of the world.

The Wholesale Klezmer Band performs music for both Jewish and general audiences that expresses Jewish values of justice and peace. "An unforgettable evening of comedy and drama and joy and sorrow," said a reviewer from the Saratoga Arts Council. They have played at the 100th anniversary of Carnegie Hall and at President Clinton's inauguration.

Moonlight and Morning Star combine jazz, poetry, Jewish and Gospel music to create powerfully expressive performances. They have played in schools, houses of worship, festivals, conferences, coffee houses to audiences of all ages. Their work embodies a deep respect for the diversity of all life.

Charlie King and Karen Brandow are musical storytellers who sing and write passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Charlie King has been at the heart of American folk music for over forty years and his songs have been recorded and sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie and others.

David Arfa is a storyteller and environmental educator who tells stories of wisdom, joy and hope.

Efraim Eisen is Temple Israel's spiritual leader and also an accomplished singer and musician.

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