with Guest Artists Fred Hersch and Holly Near
and a Special Guest Appearance by Natalie Merchant
7PM: Pre-performance Q&A with the artists moderated by folklorist Hanna Griff-Sleven, Ph.D., Director of Cultural Programs, Museum at Eldridge Street
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The Klezmatics will return once again to The Town Hall to perform an extraordinary evening of music with special guests. Since their emergence more than 25 years ago, the Grammy-winning Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music by making aesthetically, politically and musically enveloping recordings, inspiring future generations, creating a large body of work that is enduring, and helping to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form. Today, there are three original members still on their board. Their music is rooted in, but is not a strictly traditional variety of, the klezmer genre — and they are, without a doubt, the most successful proponents of klezmer music in the world. The Klezmatics’ music is instead, a comfortable hybrid that appeals equally to those with no previous exposure to the music and those already familiar with it.
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