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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).

On Saturday, February 13th there are four events.

From 9:30-11:00am the Strauss/Warschauer Duo will lead "Shabbos, Music & Yiddish," a hands-on workshop of Hassidic Nigunim (melodies) & Yiddish Sabbath songs for singers, instrumentalists and dancers. No previous experience is necessary and all ages, levels & backgrounds welcome. Classes will begin together, and then break into specific sessions for instrumentalists, singers and dancers. The cost is: $20-general, $16-seniors/fixed income/under 18.

From noon-2pm there will be a catered 'Lunch 'n Learn.' For an $8-$15 suggested donation enjoy a delicious catered 'milkhik' lunch (NO meat / YES: fish, eggs, dairy & lots of veggie foods). After the catered luncheon, the Duo will lead, "Kiddish Yiddish," (for kids of all ages!) a special Shabbes introduction to Yiddish language through songs and movement. No previous Yiddish knowledge necessary. From 2:15pm-3:45pm the Klezmer Duo will lead "Making your instrument sing in Yiddish", a hands-on workshop for everyone: $20-general admission/ $16 for seniors, students & fixed income.

Featured performances, concert and dance party on Saturday will begin at 7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm). The Rebbe's Orkestra will open the event performing Klezmer and Sephardic music from the band’s new CD "Klezmer y Mas". The evening culminates with a concert by the Strauss/Warschauer Duo "In My Garden: Yiddish Songs and Music of Love and Rejoicing," which will be followed by a dance party with live music and dance instruction. All are welcome and no experience is necessary. Members of The Rebbe's Orkestra and The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band & Rikud dance troupe will join Jeff & Deborah in the latter part of the Duo's dance party. Tickets for this event are $18-in advance and are available at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, 505-344-8139), & at Natural Sound (3422 Central Ave. SE, 505-255-8295). Tickets at the door are $20-general and $18-seniors/students/fixed income.

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