Sunday, August 19, 2012 – 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
This year’s event was a huge success and I want to thank all of you who participated in the event. Plans for next year’s celebration will begin in earnest in the next week, or so.
See media clippings about this event here and here.
Westchester Jewish Council-Jewish Heritage Festival of Westchester co-sponsored with The Westchester Klezmer Program, The Workmen’s Circle, Kol Hazzanim-The Cantors of Westchester featuring the David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble, Trio Shalva, the Westchester Klezmer Program Band and Cantors Deborah Avery, Janet Leuchter, and Hayley Kobilinsky. Free and open to all. Bring blankets and chairs.
Don’t think that klezmer has to end when you leave high school. It can continue when you get to college. Colleges have lots of opportunities for joining bands, including klezmer bands! If you’re truly fortunate, you may get to attend a professional klezmer workshop or two.
After an eight year hiatus, KlezmerPalooza! has returned. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it’s a klezmer workshop for college students. Last year it took place at Columbia University the weekend of January 29-30. In the past it’s been hosted by Yale, Princeton, and Brown, but the last one was in 2003. Hopefully, it will be back again as an annual event.
The students in the photo are from the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh. Most of its members attend Carnegie Mellon University. Two of the musicians in the photo are David Zaidins, (bari sax) who came out of our program, and Jonathan Snider (clarinet), who played with Jeff Warschauer’s Port Washington Temple Beth Israel Intergenerational Klezmer Band. Together, they breathed new life into their band when they started CMU in the fall of 2008.
So, when you go off to school take advantage of the leadership opportunity. If your college doesn’t already have a klezmer band, start one yourself! Begin by talking to your campus Hillel. Post a sign saying you’re looking to start a band. And to get you jump started, Kenny’s music arrangements are available for purchase. Just let him know!
I wanted to thank all of you who participated in yesterday’s Celebrate Israel parade; you did an amazing job! Once again, you are all the toast of the Westchester Jewish community. You should all be aware of how proud and honored I am to be playing music with all of you — we’re doing some good work out there.
Click here to see scenes from our performance at a luncheon for residents of the Riverdale Hebrew Home.
Our new internet home is westchesterklez.org.
After going back and forth for several months about our identity and consistency of message, we finally decided that all vestiges of the the KlezKidz brand needed to be purged. It probably should have happened when we incorporated in 2005 and changed our name from Klezkidz to Westchester Klezmer Program. Over time we’ve evolved from a group of talented kids to a group of equally talented kids, teens, and adults. As such, we believe that the name “klezkidz” no longer accurately reflects our identity either to prospective musicians or to organizations with whom we try to book performances.
So, with a heavy sigh, we bid adieu to klezkidz.org. You’ll be missed.
The original logo from our first web site in 2003.