Winner of the Simcha Prize at the 2017 International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, Big Galut(e) has been described as ‘soulful and unselfconsciously poignant,’ ‘jubilant,’ ‘a real treat for open minds,’ and ‘a serious band with lousy American humor.’ The musicianship of clarinetist Robin Seletsky, violinist Sasha Margolis, lutist Michael Leopold, keyboardist and percussionist Mark Rubinstein, and double bassist Richard Sosinsky combine for a fascinating repertoire that includes Klezmer originals and new twists on old tunes; classical pieces by Mahler, Moussorgsky, Brahms, Shostakovich, Salomone Rossi, and Kurt Weill; tangos from Buenos Aires and Broadway; comical songs; and much more.
The ensemble will also present a pre-concert talk beginning at 7:00 PM. Free with ticket purchase, the pre-concert talk will broaden audience members’ knowledge of the history and development of Klezmer music. You'll want to save the printed program notes for your personal library. As an added bonus, at 12:00 PM at the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge Beth El Center (101 W. Madison Lane), violinist and author Sasha Margolis will speak about his book, The Tsimbalist, a murder mystery set during the complexity of life between Jews and Russians in 1871. Free and open to the public.
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