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Klezmerpalooza 2019

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New England Conservatory of Music

Burnes Hall

255 St. Botolph Street

Boston, MA 02115

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Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10 - NEC's Contemporary Improvisation Department hosts "Klezmerpalooza - Forty Years of Klezmer at New England Conservatory!"

On Saturday March 9 and Sunday, March 10, 2019, New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation Department will host "Klezmerpalooza," a collegiate klezmer music festival featuring NEC alumni who have become major leaders in the international resurgence of Eastern European Jewish culture, NEC's current Jewish music ensemble, the Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band, and students from twelve college klezmer and Yiddish music ensembles. The event celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the first klezmer jam sessions at New England Conservatory that started the klezmer revival in New England, spearheaded the formation of the Klezmer Conservatory Band in 1980 and the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra in 1982, and helped launch the collegiate klezmer movement that has been at the forefront of the resurgence of Eastern European Jewish culture.

Festival events will include a Saturday evening concert (8 PM, Burnes Hall, NEC's SLPC building, 255 St. Botolph St, Boston), Sunday morning and afternoon workshops in klezmer, Hassidic, Yiddish, cantorial, and "Radical Jewish Culture," and a dance party featuring members of the visiting ensembles on Sunday afternoon. Sunday events will run from 9:30 to 5 in NEC's St. Botolph Building (entrance at 255 St. Botolph St.) with a one-hour lunch break from 12:30-1:30. Workshop presenters will include NEC's Contemporary Improvisation Department co-chair, Hankus Netsky, Klez-Kanada artistic director Michael Winograd, trombonist Rachel Lemisch, mandolinist, guitarist and cantor Jeff Warschauer, composer and singer Judith Berkson, saxophonist and singer Zachary Mayer and violinist Abigale Reisman. The primary organizers of the event are Dr. Hankus Netsky, founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Nathaniel Seelen of Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band.

All events are free. NEC is accessible by public transportation (Mass Ave. and St. Botolph stop on the #1 Bus, Symphony stop on the Green Line E train, or Mass Ave stop on the Orange Line).

Schedule:
Saturday, March 9, 2019. 8:00 pm.
Concert featuring Hankus Netsky, Michael Winograd, Rachel Lemisch, Judith Berkson, Abigale Reisman, Zachary Mayer, and Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band, and the New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble.

Sunday, March 10, 2019. 9:30 - 5:00 pm.
Workshops led by Hankus Netsky, Jeff Warschauer, Michael Winograd, Rachel Lemisch, Judith Berkson, Nat Seelen, Abigale Reisman, and Zachary Mayer.
Dance party featuring the college klezmer bands.
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