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8th Klezmerquerque Fest, Albuquerque, NM, 11-14 Feb 2010

"KLEZMERQUERQUE" Albuquerque New Mexico's annual Klezmer music and dance festival celebrates its 8th year from February 11-14, 2010 (Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon over Presidents Day weekend).

Nahalat Shalom, its Community Klezmer Band and Rikud Yiddish dance troupe present 'Living Yiddish at KlezmerQuerque' featuring the internationally celebrated Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, voice, dance) and Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, voice). The duo, brought back for a second year by popular demand, perform original and traditional Yiddish instrumental and vocal pieces that span the spectrum from fiery to tender. Called "pied pipers of Yiddish music" and "pioneers in their generation," Deborah and Jeff are renowned as performers and teachers at festivals and workshops throughout the world and will bring a weekend of Klezmer / Yiddish music, dance, language and culture for everyone in New Mexico! Klezmer is the exciting traditional dance & instrumental music of the Eastern European Jewish people.

KlezmerQuerque 2010 is honored to present Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer who 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 National Yiddish Theater in New York City, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with Theodore Bikel. Deborah is an award-winning Yiddish children's educator. Jeff is on the faculty of Columbia University and is Founding Artistic Director of the KlezKanada Institute for Yiddish/Jewish Culture and the Arts.

KlezmerQuerque begins on Thursday evening, February 11th at 7pm, with 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. The $20.00 price for this class includes admission to Friday evening's service, performances and dance party.

For detailed information about class times, prices, tickets & registration contact:
Beth Cohen, KlezmerQuerque Ko-ordinator (505)243-6276 Web: nahalatshalom.org

All events take place at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos) in Albuquerque, NM 87107

The advanced registration discount for ALL events (4 workshops, 1 Lunch n Learn, and 2 concert/dance parties) is $90.00-general / $75-seniors, students & fixed income. Registration and payment MUST be received BY or BEFORE Thursday, February 11th for this discount.

Congregation Nahalat Shalom is a non-profit and tax-exempt organization: office: (505) 343-8227

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