On Friday, Dec. 16, the Smith Opera House welcomes the innovative New York Klezmer Orchestra for an evening of infectious fun, and traditional and contemporary Klezmer music. The concert begins at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
The program will include 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 creators of contemporary klezmer music.
Founded in 2002, the band's first public performance was in Geneva at the Smith Opera House. When they returned the following year, they recorded a portion of their first CD, “NYKO,” live at The Smith.
Bandleader Maury Rosenberg has performed with world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, toured extensively with the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, participated in performances with The New England Klezmer Conservatory Band and appeared on the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s movie “Deconstructing Harry.”
This six-member ensemble keeps the 500-year-old Klezmer tradition evolving and rocking, and the American influence comes through, melding jazz and blues, funk and dixieland.
The Smith Opera House is at 82 Seneca St.; Geneva; tickets are available at the Smith box office, by calling 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 866-355-LIVE (5483) and on-line at www.TheSmith.org.