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Fiddling Under the Roof Klezmer Concert at Mishkan Torah on March 9

The New Klezmer Quintet will perform at Mishkan Torah on March 9.

Prepare to dance in the aisles at Mishkan Torah on Saturday night, March 9, 2013 to celebrate paying off the mortgage for the Synagogue’s new roof. What better way to celebrate the occasion than with Klezmer, the joyous traditional Jewish music of Eastern Europe? And who better to perform tthan the Mishkan Torah favorite, the one and only New Klezmer Quintet? The legendary New Klezmer Quintet will be coming to Mishkan Torah for a rare one night only appearance for the Mortgage Burningon March 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM.


The forthcoming event will mark the New Klezmer Quintet’s first appearance at Mishkan Torah since October 22, 2011 when it performed a special gala concert. Before that, the band literally raised the roof in 2007, playing before a sold-out, enthusiastic house in a concert to help raise funds to replace the Synagogue’s then-leaking roof. The band played to an enthusiastic and wildly cheering audience that danced up and down the aisles to the infectious music. The band has now graciously accepted an invitation to return to Mishkan Torah for what will only be the fourth time, and to perform a full length concert of its unique music, marking the completion of the roof financing project it was so instrumental in beginning in 2007. This festive occasion promises to be a toe-tapping, soul-stirring, energizing highlight of the year you will not want to miss!


The concert will include a scintillating mix of traditional Klezmer, Israeli ballads, and “Jewgrass.  "Jewgrass” is the band’s unique signature genre of music. “Jewgrass” takes the vocabulary of two traditions, Klezmer and Bluegrass, and fuses them to create a unique sound which has audiences tapping along and cheering. The show will include commentary and explanations aimed at a diverse audience, both Jewish and non-Jewish, that enjoys great music and a good time. The show appeals to people who know and love Klezmer and want to hear it performed in both traditional and unique styles. But the show will reach people who might be less familiar with Klezmer, who will also be swept up in this wonderful, infectious, kind of music.


The band has several important ties to Mishkan Torah and Greenbelt. Founding member and drummer Brian Choper is the son of long-time Greenbelt residents and Mishkan Torah members Jordan and Eva Choper. Renowned violinist Alan Oresky, the son of beloved Mishkan Torah members of blessed memory Seymour and Estelle Oresky and the brother of Mishkan Torah member Saul Oresky, will be displaying his violin magic with the band, with emphasis on “Jewgrass”, a term he helped coin.The New Klezmer Quintet will also feature the celebrated and well-known clarinet wizardry of Fred Jacobowitz. You may hear samples of the band’s work from its website.


The New Klezmer Quintet has earned more than its share of accolades on the musical scene. The band played for President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. It has performed for notables including Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and then-President of Russia mitry Medvedev. The band has played at the John F.Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; hasplayed to sold out crowds at Strathmore Hall; and has been featured on National Public Radio.  The band recorded a live album entitled “The New Klezmer Quintet-Unexpected Joy” which includes an energetic mix of Klezmer, Ladino, swing, and jazz. Some tracks from this album were recorded live at Strathmore Hall. Several have been placed on rotation on radio stations and have been simulcast on National Public Radio.


The concert is expected to be a complete sell out, including many people from the community who are devotees of the band and its unique brand of music. Therefore, you are urged to avoid disappointment and order your tickets in advance without further delay! Tickets are on sale at a price of $25 per ticket if purchased in advance, and $28 at the door in the unlikely event any seats are still available.  The special price for teenagers and children is $15 .Tickets may be ordered directly from the Synagogue or on the Mishkan Torah’s website. We guarantee you will feel entertained and engaged and have a great time. We hope to see you at what is sure to be an unforgettable musical evening !

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