On Feb. 21, 2019 from 6:30-8pm Dave Levitt and Christina Crowder will lead our Instrumental Klezmer Workshop!
Dave Levitt is a fourth generation Klezmer musician and is known as a leading authority on this music as well as its history. Mr. Levitt has performed and lectured at the National Yiddish Book Center, Eldridge St. Museum and Synagogue, Center for Jewish History among many others. He wrote the text for the Levitt family exhibit which is on permanent display at the Yiddish Book Center in S. Amherst, Massachusetts.
In 2011 we added a Klezmer Workshop to the series. Usually led by the concert artist, but sometimes led by series director, Aaron Alexander, the focus is on learning classic klezmer repertoire – usually we’ll learn a few tunes each week. We learn Klezmer and co-territorial tunes, forms and their proper rhythms, the common klezmer modes, melodic ornamentation, accompaniment parts, and whatever people want to learn. Often we will play songs we’ve learned in the workshop at the jam session after the concert. In the past we’ve had Pete Sokolow, Frank London, Michael Winograd, Alicia Svigals, Jordan Hirsch, Margot Leverett, Zevy Zions, Matt Darriau, Pete Rushefsky, Zisl Slepovitch, Ilya Shneyveys, Sasha Lurje, Vanya Zhuk, and many others lead the workshop.
Bring your own instruments. We learn both by ear and with written music. Music will usually, but not always, be available for C, Bb, and Eb instruments.
There is a discounted fee if you take the workshop and attend the concert – $35
Here are some comments from students who have attended the workshops: