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"Klezmer Influences in American Jewish Music," NYC, 2 Dec 2014

Klezmer Influences in American Jewish Music SIDNEY KRUM YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERT SERIES Tues, December 2, 2014, 7pm YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street NYC Admission: General $12 | YIVO Members $8 Box Office: smarttix.com | (212) 868-4444 For years, American Jewish composers have been integrating klezmer and Yiddish folk songs into new classical music, inventing a new form of artistic and cultural Jewish expression. In this unique lecture-demonstration, we present three of these outstanding and rarely performed pieces--Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind by Osvaldo Golijov, Six Yiddish Scenes by Paul Alan Levi, and Café Music by Paul Schoenfield--and delve into the intricacies and challenges of performing American Jewish music today. Special guests include internationally-acclaimed clarinetist Todd Palmer, who will discuss the klezmer and mystical elements of Dreams and Prayers; pianist and composer Paul Alan Levi, who will speak with Michael Leavitt, President of the American Society for Jewish Music about interpreting Yiddish Art Songs today; and Yuval Waldman, artistic director of the Sidney Krum Concert Series, who will introduce the hybrid klezmer-jazz elements in the closing piano trio Café Music.

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