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Strauss-Warschauer+Columbia U. Klezmer, NYC, Dec 12

The Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song opens its 2005-2006 series on Monday, December 12, 2005, 8:00 PM, with a klezmer concert and Yiddish dance party featuring the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and the Columbia Klezmer Band.

The concert of traditional and original klezmer music and Yiddish songs will be followed by dance instruction and a dance party.

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive) in New York City. No tickets necessary.

Curated by Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, this series is dedicated to presenting performances and lectures that reflect the finest current research and creativity in the fields of klezmer music and Yiddish song.

For more information, please contact email Jeff Warschauer or call 718 399-1147, and visit www.klezmerduo.com.

Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer are two of the most beloved performers and teachers in the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and have performed with violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in New York City, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with Theodore Bikel. They lead workshops and classes throughout North America and Europe, and are on the faculty of KlezKamp, KlezKanada and KlezFest at the University of London.

The Columbia Klezmer Band is a group of talented musicians from Columbia University who have come together to study and perform traditional klezmer music. Founded in 2000, the Columbia Klezmer Band has performed in many cities throughout the Northeast, in venues ranging from Columbia's Rennert Hall to Rockefeller Center;s Rainbow Room. The CKB has performed for concerts, festivals, dance parties, fundraisers, and other celebrations.

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