Classes and Workshops
A day-long program of
music, Yiddish song, culture, language and arts. Bring your
• 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Jewish High School
3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, California
Ensemble -- Melody, Cookie
of melody, stressing rhythmic
flexibility, energy flow, ornamental styles, and fills.
- Music Ensemble --
Brotman leads this
workshop in advanced listening, from steady
time to flexible time, in which we find out that melody and rhythm
players are equally responsible for the time feel.
- Music Ensemble -- Accompaniment,
Horowitz shows the techniques of
supporting melody instruments
through asymmetric bass movement, various harmonizing strategies,
fills, and turnarounds.
- Master Class
for Instrumentalists with Veretski
Horowitz, and Cookie
Segelstein. Join all the members of Veretski Pass
in a session that is at once highly interactive, intensive, unabashedly
honest, and humorous. We will discuss and demonstrate the techniques of
increasing musical energy, correcting arrangement problems, band
coordination, stage presentation, and reveal trade secrets.
Saxon What about when you're NOT playing the melody? Nobody
in the band likes a show-off, so come and learn how to support your
band-mates when it's not your turn to shine. Most of the traditional
instruments in a klezmer band have characteristic roles that they trade
back and forth. You may think that the clarinet just plays the melody,
and that's that. Think again! And what abou trumpet? Trombone?
Saxophone? Violin? This workshop will concentrate on
traditionally melodic instruments, and how they contribute to the
klezmer sound as non-melodic background players. If you play a
not-so-traditional-klezmer instrument, you can still learn about the
different roles in the band and adapt them to your own instrument.
Bring your instruments, because this is a hands-on workshop.
Sing-Along, Sharon Bernstein.
Join us in singing many beautiful Yiddish songs--
favorites as well as newer
ones. We will try to cover a varied repertoire.
- Master Class
for Singers, Sharon Bernstein.
This class explores
the various skills that make a performance moving and memorable. We
will work on vocal quality and
projection, physical presentation, intellectual and emotional
connection to the lyrics of songs as well as to the music. Bring your
favorite Yiddish song.
Klezmer Band, Rob
Reich. Welcome, people of all ages, instruments, and
Rob will lead you through all aspects of playing in a klezmer
ensemble. After learning a basic melody, we'll bring that
tune to life with rhythm, harmony, texture, and arrangement ideas that
upon everybody's strengths.
- Chayale Ash's
Life in the Yiddish Theater, Chayale
Ash, acclaimed Yiddish actress and diva, will reminisce about
life and times as an artist, from early years on stage in Romania,
Poland and in Displaced Person camps, to later years as a play director
and actress in Israel and the United States.
Literature and the Russian Revolution, Gabriella
Learn about Yiddish literature in the pre-revolutionary
Empire. We'll read and discuss a funny story by S. Ansky
of The Dybbuk)
Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, Jews and Christians, and the problems that
arise when you live under false papers. We'll read and
English, but the Yiddish original of the story will be available.
- What has become of the Old
Country? -- Yiddish Film, Amelia
share raw footage from her interviews over the past five years with
Yiddish speakers who remain in the former Soviet cities and shtetlekh, and will
discuss the status of Yiddish in Eastern Europe today.
- Yiddish 101, Harvey
Find out how to say a variety of fun and interesting expressions in
Yiddish. This will be a fun class and you will learn expressions that
you can use every day in the English-speaking world.
Find out the basics of klezmer music, the dances, the different types
of music, a little history, a lot of fun. We will listen to recordings
of klezmer music, but not play our own instruments.
- The Art of
Jewish Papercutting, Lisa
Rauchwerger. Participants will learn a little about the
history of papercutting, see examples of papercuts, both ancient and
modern, including the artist's own work, and then have the opportunity
to create a simple papercut or two of their own. Must be able to handle
a sharp Xacto knife. All materials will be provided. No artistic
- Yiddish Dance
Weintraub. Much of klezmer
music was created to be dance music. We will
cover steps, figures and styles for many of the dances in the klezmer
repertory: freylakhs, bulgar, sher, and zhok or hora, to name a few.
Particular attention will be paid to how to lead the various figures
and dances successfully.
- Yiddish Dance
Weintraub. Another session with more of the above!
- Klezmer Youth
Rosenfeld. Whether you read music or play by ear,
this is the workshop for you! We will play klezmer music and rock out
as much as we possibly can. Don't miss it! All instruments welcome.
(For ages 7-17)
me as a seal upon your heart -- Beatbox, Hip-hop, & the
Barsky will look at the ways in
which Jewish culture has helped to produce a hip-hop ethos. We will
also look at ways of re-interpreting the Torah through the lens of the
four elements of hip-hop. And we will explore Yiddish approaches and
interpretations of hip-hop culture through discussion and hands-on
I Got a Story! --
Theater Workshop, Bruce
Bierman. This participatory workshop for teens will
classic Yiddish story to life with the dramatic tools of improvisation,
movement, dance, music, masks and, yes......Yiddish!
- Art for Kids, Claire Sherman.
We will explore the folklore of Jewish amulets. Students will
create amulets out of Fimo
(a polymer clay that bakes in a toaster oven). Techniques for working
with Fimo will be taught, including Seminole patchwork, and millefiori, a
Venetian glass-working secret.
Singing for Families, Gerry
Tenney. Learn a new old song.
Bring along a song to sing, if you'd like. Song sheets will be provided.