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KlezmerQuerque Jewish Music Festival, Albuquerque, NM, 12-15 Feb 2009

“KLEZMERQUERQUE” Albuquerque New Mexico’s annual Klezmer music and dance festival celebrates its seventh year February 12-15, 2009 (Presidents Day weekend).

The festival begins on Thursday evening, February 12th at 7pm, featuring a “hands-on” workshop taught by the Strauss/Warschauer Duo that will prepare participants, singers & musicians to lead a joyous and creative musical Shabbat service in an old Eastern European style on the following evening (Friday, February 13th). The $20.00 price for this class includes admission to the Friday evening service, performances and dance party. The Friday evening service, performances and dance party will also feature a vegetarian potluck dinner, and some Sephardic wedding dances taught and led by dance artist Judith Brin Ingber. The Friday evening event begins at 6:30pm and the price is a $15-$18 suggested donation.

The 20-piece intergenerational Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer band will be celebrating the release of its first full length CD recorded and engineered by New Mexico’s own Manny Rettinger of Ubik sound and the sound engineer for UNM’s music department. The Community band will be playing on Friday and Saturday evenings for Klezmer dances led by Nahalat Shalom’s Yiddish dance troupe “Rikud.”

The Rebbe’s Orkestra ( www.isound.com/mp3s/rebbes_orkestra_klezmer_and_judaic_band ) , the popular Albuquerque-based klezmer and Judaic ensemble will also perform on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The advanced registration price for ALL events is $90.00-general and $75-seniors, students and fixed income and registration and payment MUST be received BEFORE Thursday, February 12th for this discount.

For detailed information about class times, prices, tickets & registration:
Beth Cohen, Klezmerquerque coordinator (505) 243-6276 and/or
The non-profit and tax-exempt Congregation Nahalat Shalom: (505) 343-8227

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