Klezmer ensemble Big Galut(e)

Hartwick Welcomes Jewish Music Ensemble

March 8, 2017

The Foreman Institute of Creative and Performing Arts at Hartwick College will present the ensemble, Big Galut(e), in a two-day residency, Friday and Saturday, March 17-18.

On Friday, March 17 at 3 p.m., the group will lead a workshop of students from the College’s music department and the community at large. The next night, the band will play in concert at 7:30 p.m. Both events will take place in the Anderson Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts, on the College campus, and are free to the public.

Along with its core of music of the Jewish Diaspora, the five-member ensemble explores intersections between classical music and klezmer, and Jewish music of the Balkans, Turkey, and the United States. The evening performance at Hartwick will include excerpts of an original work titled “Monish,” a semi-theatrical setting of a work by the iconic 19th-century Yiddish poet, I.L. Peretz.

Big Galut(e) has performed at venues both locally and nationally since its inception in 2010, including Stanford University, Ohio’s Oberlin and Hebrew Union Colleges, and on both the Honolulu and Maui Chamber Music Series. Most recently, the group was selected to represent the United States at the upcoming International Jewish Music Festival competition in Amsterdam, May 4-8, 2017. Closer to home, Big Galute is scheduled to perform in one of the Glimmerglass Festival’s Pavilion Concerts this summer in Cooperstown, NY.

The Foreman Institute at Hartwick College was established through the generosity of the late Dr. Charles W. L. Foreman, distinguished Trustee of the College and a life-long artist and dedicated patron of the arts. The mission of the Foreman Institute is to encourage an appreciation of the arts, expand the scope of artistic expression, and challenge the individual creative talents of all members of the greater Hartwick College community through the sponsorship of innovative arts-based programming at the College.

For more information on Big Galut(e), visit www.biggalute.com.

For more information on the evening’s performance, call the Hartwick College Department of Music at (607) 431-4800.