Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer

Save the date for a special President’s Day weekend visit to C-U by klezmer luminaries Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer! Of particular interest to the C-U Folk and Roots Festival community are three events:

– Thursday, February 16, 7:00pm, Music Building Auditorium, Room 1030, 1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana: “Klezmer Music: From Old World to New: Lecture and Musical Demonstration.” Free and open to the public.
– Saturday, February 18, 7:00pm, Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Rd, Champaign: Klezmer Concert and Dance Party. Free and open to the public.
– Sunday, February 19, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton Ave, Urbana: Big Klezmer and Yiddish Music Jam and Workshop. All levels and backgrounds welcome. Free and open to the public; free will donations greatly appreciated.

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For over 25 years, Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, voice, dance) and Cantor Jeff Warschauer (voice, guitar, mandolin) have been at the forefront of the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, one of the premiere groups of the klezmer revival, and have performed with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. They serve on the faculty of KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, the Warsaw International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture, and KlezFest at the University of London.

As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Deborah and Jeff have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Great Britain’s Fiddles on Fire, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, Poland, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with the late actor and singer Theodore Bikel. They are Yiddish speakers, and have researched and collected Yiddish and Hebrew songs and instrumental melodies since the 1980s. Together they lead some of the most popular klezmer music, Yiddish song, and traditional dance workshops throughout North America, and Eastern and Western Europe.

This weekend of events is generously underwritten by Sinai Temple and the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Endowment Foundation, with co-sponsorship support from the Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Russian and East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thanks also to the C-U Folk and Roots Festival and the Community Center for the Arts for helping spread the word!