On Saturday, Dec. 20, the Smith Opera House welcomes The New York Klezmer Orchestra for an evening of traditional and contemporary Jewish music. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. An evening with The New York Klezmer Orchestra includes a repertoire of Turkish, Romanian, Polish and other central and eastern European influenced traditional music.
In addition to the traditional, this ecclectic troupe is one of New York State’s foremost composers of contemporary klezmer music. Expect the unexpected, for this klezmer band adds the energies of rock & roll, jazz and swing into their shows. The unique, beautiful sounds of Klezmer are folk music in the purest sense of the word. The plaintive sounds of the clarinet or violin accompanied by simple percussion, mandolin, accordion, or perhaps a piano, contained a duality of feelings, the sweetness and sorrow of the people in the shtetls in the poor Jewish villages of Eastern Europe. That sound then headed to the United States in the early 20th century as waves of immigrants took these traditional Yiddish melodies with them to a foreign land. Here, an old sound assumed a new form.
Bandleader Maury Rosenberg not only brings this traditional folk music to The Smith stage, but with it the new form. Like most traditional European music, the American influence comes through, melding jazz and blues. Improvisation is not unusual when the band gets cooking, and the outrageously joyous songs will tempt you to dance in the aisles.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 866-355 LIVE for tickets and additional information. Tickets are also available at Area records and Music, The College Bookstore and Lyons National Bank. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters. For more information, go to their Web page www.thesmith.org.