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Klezmer Concert: Joel Rubin and Veretski Pass

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7:30pm

Anabel Taylor Hall, Auditorium (230 Anabel Taylor Hall)
Anabel Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Veretski Pass in collaboration with Joel Rubin are proud to present The Magid Chronicles, an instrumental collection based on pieces collected by Sofia Magid, the Jewish ethnographer who worked intensively to document Jewish music in Belarus and Ukraine during Stalin’s regime in the 1920s and 30s. Concert open to the public.

Magid’s 600 recordings contain rare examples of women’s songs and instrumental pieces from these regions. Next to the instrumentals and songs collected by Magid, we include music collected by Magid’s Kiev counterpart, Moyshe Beregovski, among others, and music from Turkey, Greece and Rumania. And as always, we combine the archival with the creative impulse to achieve something new, with new compositions, arrangements and improvisations by the members of the trio and Joel Rubin. Sometimes raucous, sometimes meditative, this new program is a true melding of past, present and future.

Joel Rubin, leading scholar of Ashkenazi Jewish Klezmer music, and master Klezmer clarinetist, has concertized throughout Europe, North America and Asia since the 1980s, including appearances at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Carnegie Hall. Dr. Rubin also holds the distinction of having founded the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble in 2003.

Veretski Pass, consisting of Cookie Segelstein (violin, viola), Josh Horowitz (accordion, cimbalom, piano) and Stu Brotman (bass, basy (cello), tilinca (shepherds’ flute) and baraban (bass drum)), is a trio specializing in Old-World klezmer music of the Carpathians, where the musical traditions Jewish Klezmorim met with those of Rumania, Ottoman Turkey, Magyar Hungary, Ukraine, and other peoples.

Many thanks to all our co-sponsors: Cornell SAFC, Cornell Jewish Studies Program, Mann Professorship in Modern Jewish Studies Research Fund, Flora Rose House, Keeton House, Cornell Music Dept., Cornell History Dept., Cornell Near Eastern Studies Dept., Cornell Dept. of Anthropology, Cornell Society For the Humanities, and Sara Pines.

Special thanks to Race Orchestral Strings for the loan of a Johannes Rubner double bass, on which Stu Brotman will be performing for the entirety of Veretski Pass's residency at Cornell.

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