Klezmer Concert and Dance Party

February 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Sinai Temple
3104 Windsor Rd
Champaign, IL 61822
Frances Harris

Champaign-Urbana welcomes Klezmer luminaries Deborah Strauss and Cantor Jeff Warschauer, who will perform klezmer melodies and Hasidic songs that celebrate life and peace. We will open the floor for dancing in the second half of the concert. Join us for this unique and uplifting event!

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 special event is sponsored by Sinai Temple and the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Endowment Foundation. For further information about Jeff and Deborah’s activities in Champaign-Urbana, point your browser to http://tinyurl.com/klezmerduoitinerary.