Metropolitan Klezmer To Perform At Union County College

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Metropolitan Klezmer: (standing) Melissa Fogarty, Karen Waltuch, Pam Fleming, Reut Regev, Dave Hofstra, Debra Kreisberg  (seated) Ismail Butera, Eve Sicular (photo credit: Hank Gans)

Metropolitan Klezmer: (standing) Melissa Fogarty, Karen Waltuch, Pam Fleming, Reut Regev, Dave Hofstra, Debra Kreisberg
(seated) Ismail Butera, Eve Sicular (photo credit: Hank Gans)

CRANFORD – The public is invited to come to Union County College’s Cranford campus at noon on Friday, Nov. 8, to enjoy a free concert of Yiddish music. Metropolitan Klezmer will perform in the Roy Smith Theater. A question and answer period will follow their performance.

Formed in 1994, this group of exceptional New York musicians combines downtown, classical, and World Music scenes to create compositions of eclectic Yiddish repertoire: rollicking dance, imaginatively-arranged Yiddish swing and tango, and genre-expanding originals such as klezmer cumbia.

The band brings together stylistic backgrounds from Latin jazz to funk and folk, zydeco and reggae and baroque, with panoramic instrumental array and multi-lingual vocals. Led by drummer, Eve Sicular, the ensemble has toured from coast to coast, and had release four award-winning CDs exploring unexpected musical angles which transform familiar favorites from the inside out.

Time Out New York extols the group: “Metropolitan Klezmer takes a scholarly approach to the genre’s history, yet never skimps on the exuberance at its core.” The band’s music has been heard in soundtracks and soundscapes from HBO’s SCHMATTA: Rags to Riches to Rags to London’s Covent Garden (Royal Ballet) to New York Theatre Workshop, plus broadcasts worldwide. Their upcoming fifth CD “Mazel Means Good Luck,” recorded live in concert earlier this year, is to be released in time for the band’s 20th anniversary.

This event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. The event is sponsored by the Union County College Cultural and Educational Programs Advisory Committee. For more information on the Metropolitan Klezmer visit http://metroplitanklezmer.com.

The college’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For directions or more information on Union County College, visit www.ucc.edu.


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