KlezmerQuerque 2013, February 15th-17th FRIDAY Night opening event

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KlezmerQuerque 2013, February 15th-17th FRIDAY Night opening event

Time: February 15, 2013 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Nahalat Shalom
Street: 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW [between Candelaria & Griegos]
City/Town: Albuquerque
Website or Map: http://www.nahalatshalom.org
Phone: (505) 243-6276
Event Type: music, and, dance, festival, with, performances
Organized By: Beth Cohen
Latest Activity: Jan 22, 2013

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The 11th Annual KlezmerQuerque is a three-day festival of concerts, workshops and dance parties featuring ‘Klezmer’ which is the traditional dance & instrumental music of the Eastern European Jewish people. The festival takes place FEB 15-17, 2013 (FRI evening through SUN evening over Presidents Day weekend).

KlezmerQuerque 2013 features dancer & choreographer Bruce Bierman and Philadelphia’s renown award-winning mother & daughter klezmer dynasty duo: Elaine Hoffman-Watts: drums & percussion and Susan Watts: trumpet & voice. Highlights of the festival include a cameo performance by the duo on FRI evening FEB 15 and a full concert and dance party on SAT evening, FEB 16. Yiddish dance master Bruce Bierman will lead the dancing at both evening events. On SUN, FEB 17 between 10:00am and 5:30pm there will be three 90 min. hands-on workshops taught by the guest artists in instrumental music and dance.

Elaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts are descendants of Philadelphia’s prominent Hoffman family musical dynasty. Beginning with Susan’s great-grandfather, musician, composer, cornet-player, and poet, Joseph Hoffman, this important klezmer dynasty reaches back to the Jewish Ukraine of the 19th century. Third and fourth generation klezmorim (musicians) Elaine and Susan are internationally celebrated for their musical skill, ingenuity and cultural knowledge.

Elaine is a musical national treasure. Born in 1932, Hoffman-Watts is a winner of the prestigious 2007 National Heritage Award from the National Endowment of the Arts. She is one of only eight artists from Pennsylvania, and one of only six Jewish artists from the entire country, to be so honored over the last 28 years. Elaine is also the recipient of the Leeway Transformation Award and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She was the first woman percussionist to be accepted at Curtis Institute, from which she graduated in 1954. Hoffman-Watts has performed and taught drums, timpani, and mallet instruments for more than forty years, working in symphonies, theaters, and schools.

In addition to teaching at klezmer festivals and performing with a variety of noted Klezmer musicians from around the world, trumpeter & vocalist Susan Watts has shared the stage with Mandy Patinkin at Carnegie Hall, Dudu Fischer, Theodore Bikel, Claire Barry, Boban Markovic,  So-Called, Alicia Svigals, Margot Leverett, Henkus Netsky, The Klezmer Conervatory Band, among others.

Bruce Bierman is an award winning actor/director/playwright and choreographer who lives and works in Berkeley, CA. He has adapted, directed and choreographed a klezmer musical based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's 'Gimpel the Fool' and has toured the U.S. with the acclaimed Aman Folk Ensemble of Los Angeles performing and teaching traditional dances from around the globe. Bruce is a leading presenter of Yiddish dance for major festivals, performances and conferences including the prestigious Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and the Jewish Contemporary Museum of San Francisco.

KlezmerQuerque begins on FRI, FEB 15 at 6:30pm, with ‘Der Freylekher Shabbos’ featuring the special guest artists plus local klezmer favorites The Rebbe’s Orkestra, The 20-piece Community Klezmer Band, and Rikud dancers. At 6:30- Joyous danced & participatory ‘old country’ Shabbat service; 7:15-Vegetarian potluck dinner; 7:45- Brief performance by The Rebbe’s Orkestra; 8:05pm- Cameo performance by ELAINE HOFFMAN-WATTS & SUSAN WATTS; 8:30- More music by The Community Klezmer Band & Dancing led by BRUCE BIERMAN & Rikud.  FREE & OPEN TO ALL - $18 SUGGESTED DONATIONS WELCOME!

For more details contact: Beth Cohen, KlezmerQuerque Ko-ordinator (505) 243-6276,    cohenedmunds@netzero.net, www.nahalatshalom.org   Klick on “Klezmer music/dance” & “KlezmerQuerque” --and find KlezmerQuerque on facebook.

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