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The beloved klezmer music returns to the Morgan Opera House on Saturday, Nov. 18th at 7:30PM. Though the Klezmer Kings dissolved, many of them live on in CUKE! Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble. They will play several genres of klezmer music: American klezmer from New York and Philadelphia of the 1910s and 1920s; the repertoire of New York clarinetist Dave Tarras from the late 1930s to mid-1940s; and Russian (Ukraine/Belarus) klezmer from pre-revolutionary times. Led by Ryan Zawel, trombonist and past member of the Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble and Klezmer Kings. CUKE is a student organization of Cornell University, but also includes staff and community members. True to klezmer tradition, they play an eclectic collection of instruments and will appear at MOH playing violins, viola, clarinet, mandolin, cello, trombone, sousaphone, piano, and drum set. Be prepared to enjoy the variety and vigor of their performance.
Klezmer was originally the ritual and celebratory music of the Yiddish-speaking Jews of Eastern Europe, where it developed over the course of many centuries. Brought to North America with the Jewish immigration wave from Russia and other Eastern European countries during the period 1881-1924, a modern klezmer tradition developed in the urban centers, particularly in New York City, although it subsequently went into a decline due to the forces of acculturation and assimilation. Since the 1970s, a dynamic revival of this tradition has been taking place. It has since become one of the most visible transnational music and culture movements involving many thousands of participants on five continents. The recent popularity of klezmer music has brought it far from its roots in medieval minstrel and Jewish ritual and into the sphere of mainstream culture, reaching as far as “Sex and the City.” It has inspired parallel developments in jazz/improvised music, such as the Radical Jewish Culture movement in New York’s Downtown Scene, as well as spawning a new genre of klezmer-influenced art music compositions by composers such as Golijov and Schoenfield.
Bones East, a trombone octet will give a concert of seasonal and classical music at the Morgan Opera House, Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00 PM in conjunction with Aurora’s annual “Christmas in Aurora” celebration. Family friendly renditions of tunes both familiar and original will include “Silent Night” featuring soloist Dave DiGennaro; Haydn’s “Achieved is Thy Glorious Work”, directed by Bill Harris; and “Angels We Have Heard on High”, a stirring arrangement by Tom Camp as well as many more familiar pieces that brass instruments enhance. The 8 talented musicians are part of the 25-30 members Trombones East group which was founded by Howard Kelly in the early 1980’s and has performed at colleges, universities, churches and community events throughout Central New York. The volunteer group includes a variety of musicians, mostly semi-professionals, retirees and students. William Harris, former principal trombonist with the Syracuse Symphony and music professor at Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College serves as conductor and Tom Camp as arranger and co-conductor.
Monetary donations will benefit the King Ferry Food Pantry.