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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).
On Saturday morning, February 14th from 9:30am-11:00am the Strauss Warschauer Duo will lead “SHABBOS, MUSIC AND YIDDISH”, a hands-on workshop of Hassidic Niggunim (melodies) and Yiddish Sabbath songs for singers and instrumentalists. No previous experience necessary. All ages, levels and backgrounds welcome. Brin Ingber will teach dances from the Eastern European Jewish wedding repertoire including Rebbe Elimelech tanz and Kayzad merakdim. Classes cost $20-general and $16 for seniors, students and fixed income. From noon-2pm there will be a catered lunch. After the catered luncheon Brin Ingber will present "Why Jews Aren't Just People of the Book" with rare and historic dance illustrations and music for Jewish dance in far flung communities through the ages. Following her powerpoint presentation there will be time for questions. The price for the ‘Lunch ‘n Presentation’ is an $8-$15 suggested donation.

On Saturday afternoon from 2:15pm-3:45pm the Duo will lead “MAKING YOUR INSTRUMENT SING IN YIDDISH”, a hands-on workshop for everyone. Again, all are welcome. Price for this class is $20-general admission and $16 for seniors, students and fixed income.

On Saturday evening at 7pm Brin Ingber will perform two dances. “The Argument” gives a modern twist to the classic story of Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac. The dance will be accompanied by the chanting of Brin Ingber’s sister Rabbi Deborah Brin, who is also the Rabbi of Congregation Nahalat Shalom. “Roles Not Taken” a dance combining music theatre, ballet and Israeli folk dance presents a surprising view on issues of Jewish identity. The evening culminates with a concert by the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, “Dem Fideles Neshome” (The Fiddle’s Soul) and a dance party. Brin Ingber will also lead dances that she taught in her morning class. Price for this event is $18-in advance and $20-general, $18-seniors and students at the door.

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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