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Join us for the South Bay Premiere of Veretski Pass’s new work, The Klezmer Shul, an instrumental composition written to capture the emotional power of traditional synagogue singing without using words. Performance of the four-movement piece will be followed by discussion with the audience and then a traditional klezmer dance party! 

About The Klezmer Shul:

What do the klezmorim (musicians) do after everyone has left shul (synagogue) and they stay afterward to pray with only their instruments and no words? Veretski Pass has departed from the traditional klezmer music for which they are best known, combining their backgrounds as modern classical, jazz, avant garde as well as unabashedly traditional musicians. They have created a new piece inspired by the klezmer shuls (synagogues) of pre-war Eastern Europe, using liturgical gestures, human emotional intonations, timbral utterances, jazz improvisations, and klezmer and folk sequences in an non-text-based, four-movement work. In discussion after the performance, the artists will ask the audience whether they experienced the piece as “religious” and what that means to them. The artists are interested in the possibility that music devoid of language can be a unifying force in a world divided by doctrine.

The Creative Work Fund provided a grant to Stuart Brotman to create this work in collaboration with his colleagues in Veretski Pass and with Temple Israel of Alameda. KlezCalifornia has administered the project. Veretski Pass is Cookie Segelstein (violin, viola), Stu Brotman (cello, tilinca), Joshua Horowitz (accordion, tsimbl, piano).

The Festival also presents Veretski Pass and Friends at the Saturday night Klezmer Concert & Dance.


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In addition to this South Bay Premiere, Veretski Pass will also premiere The Klezmer Shul in the East Bay:

MON. FEB. 8, 2010 in ALAMEDA

3183 Mecartney Road 510-522-9355
Concert: 8:00 pm, followed by
Meet the Musicians, Q&A
$15 Reservations: [email protected]
$18 Donation at the Door
WED. FEB. 10, 2010 in BERKELEY
1316 University Ave 510-549-9447
Concert: 8:00 pm, followed by
Meet the Musicians, Q&A
$15 Suggested Door Donation
Tickets at Door - No Advance Sales