Hartwick to Present Klezmer Concert January 16

January 7, 2011

The Hartwick College Music Department will present a performance by the The Catskill Klezmorim at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the College campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, or $5 for children. For information and ticket reservations, call 607-431-4800 or 607-286-9085

Founded in Oneonta in 1996, The Catskill Klezmorim has performed in venues both locally and nationally. This will be their first appearance in Oneonta since 2003. Ranging from wildly exuberant to soulful and introspective, the concert promises to be fun, engaging and informative for audiences of all ages, presenters said.

The six-member ensemble of professional musicians blends traditional and contemporary styles of klezmer, or Eastern European Yiddish folk music, and typically engages the audience in much singing and dancing. Klezmer, the centuries-old wedding music performed by itinerant Jewish musicians throughout the Old World, has much in common with other styles of Balkan and Middle Eastern music, with its distinctive modes and characteristic inflections. It all but disappeared by the second half of the 20th century, when a spirited international revival brought it to prominence as part of a larger interest in World Music and cross cultural genres.

The Catskill Klezmorim made its debut at the West Kortright Centre and members have appeared as soloists with the Catskill Symphony and as guest performers at the annual Syracuse KlezFest. They have concertized at colleges, universities, synagogues and JCCs around the country, and most recently performed live with the Vassar Repertory Dance Company in two selections choreographed from their second CD, "The Well-Tempered Klezmir."

Founder and clarinetist Robin Seletsky, is the principal clarinetist of Glimmerglass Opera, the Binghamton Philharmonic and Catskill Symphony and is the music director at Temple Beth El in Oneonta. Her appearance on stage in the Glimmerglass production of "Kiss Me Kate" was noted as "jazzy and stylish" by The New York Times.

Violinist Julie Signitzer is the artistic director of the Little Delaware Chamber Players and Little Delaware Youth Ensemble and plays regularly with the Glimmerglass Opera, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Albany Symphony. She has toured extensively with a variety of pop performers including Frank Sinatra and was described as "zestful" by the New York Times in a review of the Off-Broadway production" Hot Klezmer."

Vocalist Julie Jacobs is the cantor at Congregation Beth David in Miami, Florida. She is a cofounder of the Miami Jewish Chorale, a soloist on the Milline Archive series, and past president of the Cantors Assembly of South Florida. Other performers in the ensemble include pianist Kim Paterson, bassist Orin Jacobs and drummer Bill Manley.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
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