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Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song continues, NYC, 6 Mar

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo continues the Monday evening Columbia Series with a special hands-on workshop for klezmer instrumentalists and Yiddish singers. Bring your instruments and voices. Listeners are also welcome.

A Bintl-Lebns (A Bundle of Lives)
Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein (University of Pennsylvania) and the Strauss/Warschauer Duo present an evening of autobiographical readings, letters, poetry, music and songs that celebrate Yiddish culture through first-person narrative.

All events will be held at Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive) in New York City at 8 PM, and are free and open to public. No tickets necessary. For more information please call (718) 399-1147 or email Agnieszka Legutko.

The next event in the series is on Apr 3, 2006.

Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, vocals) and Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, vocals) are two of the most astonishing and popular 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, are on the faculty of KlezKamp, KlezKanada and KlezFest at the University of London, and are curators of the Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song.

Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein is the Ruth Meltzer Senior Lecturer in Yiddish and Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. A poet and a translator, Hellerstein is also a scholar of Yiddish and modern Jewish literature. Her books include translations of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's Yiddish poems, IN NEW YORK: A SELECTION; PAPER BRIDGES: SELECTED POEMS OF KADYA MOLODOWSKY; and JEWISH AMERICAN LITERATURE: A NORTON ANTHOLOGY, which she co-edited. Her numerous articles, translations, and poems are published for both scholarly and general audiences. Among other awards, Hellerstein received a Guggenheim fellowship for her work on women Yiddish poets.

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