Klezmer Music: From Old World to New

February 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Music Building Auditorium
Music Building
1114 W Nevada St #1030, Urbana, IL 61801
Frances Harris

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear renowned klezmer musicians, Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer, present “Klezmer Music: From Old World to New,” a lecture and musical demonstration. Jeff and Deborah will explore the trajectory of klezmer music from its roots in late 19th and early 20th century Eastern European culture to its unique musical and cultural context in today’s world.

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 the Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For further information about Jeff and Deborah’s activities in Champaign-Urbana, point your browser to http://tinyurl.com/klezmerduoitinerary.