Metropolitan Klezmer

presenter comments

Brookfield Arts + Events
We had a great time and the ensemble was wonderful! Thank you so much!
Karen Kitchen
Producing Director
Brookfield Place: Winter Garden Holiday Fest

Just wanted to say thanks again for all of the Metropolitan Klezmer performances in December – they definitely are a highlight of our holiday season. I hope you have a terrific 2015!
Elysa Marden
Producing Director
Brookfield Arts + Events

Nice to meet you and your band mates today…. very well-played and enjoyable show.
Bruce Sherman
Director
UBS Atrium Music Series

Congratulations on a wonderful performance today. Really enjoyed your show. So much talent and intelligence together.
Pablo Zinger
Director
Reportorio Espanol

Santa Klez special at Safra Hall, Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC
We continue to talk about how terrific it was having you here and what a wonderful day it was for us all.
Gabriel Sanders: Director of Public Programs, MJH

Jewish Heritage Reception at Gracie Mansion, New York
Thank you very much for the Metropolitan Klezmer’s terrific performance at our Jewish Heritage Reception at Gracie Mansion. Our city is proud to be an international capital of Jewish communal life, and thanks in part to your talented quintet, we were able to host a fun and festive evening.
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
[see our photo with Mayor Bloomberg]

Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank NJ
Great show yesterday! Everyone was very happy with the performance.
Thanks again!
Izzy Sackowitz
Operations Director

Thank you! I am sorry I was unable to get down to the theatre myself but I am told that a fantastic time was had by all in attendance.
Numa C. Saisselin
CEO, Count Basie Theatre, Inc.
Red Bank, New Jersey

LINCOLN CENTER, David Rubenstein Atrium
Last night’s performance was a blast! You all are AMAZING! Please keep us updated on your performances!
On behalf of the entire staff of the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center thank you for such a wonderful performance. We were thrilled to present Metropolitan Klezmer and were blown away by your artistry. The night was full of beautiful music and amazing energy. Please extend our gratitude to your entire ensemble who simply were fabulous.
Best wishes,
Jordana Phokompe, Associate Producer
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

also from Lincoln Center:
and p.s.
Thank you! Thank you!
Your entire band is such an amazing group!
You were all so very entertaining mixing music & humor — you must re-write ALL of Guys & Dolls!

Best,
Hillary McAndrew, Senior Manager
Meet the Artist & Community Programming
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD
Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a great show!
The singer, Missy, was fantastic, and all such wonderful musicians — the audience just loved it. They’re asking me to ask you back next year! [and so they did….saying in 2011…]
I heard nothing but rave reviews for the show, thanks so much for making our audience happy! I’ll begin booking next season very soon and will be in touch.

Charlotte Sommers, Executive Director
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Germantown MD (Montgomery County, Maryland)

Dutchess County Jewish Federation
Everyone loved your Klezmer music. It truly made the gathering special. I have had the opportunity to hear a number of Klezmer groups “in my day” but the Metropolitan Klezmer stands out as particularly versatile and engaging. Congratulations to all in the band and thank you again for helping to make the event for the Dutchess County Jewish Federation the success we all felt it was!
Fredrica S. Goodman

The American Civil Liberties Union (gala benefit, Ellis Island)
We are still getting wonderful feedback on [the ACLU’s 75th anniversary gala, at Ellis Island] and especially how perfectly the band added to the event atmosphere.
Thank you again, to you and the band, for adding so much to the event.
Heather D. Artemis
Events Manager | Affiliate Support & Advocacy
American Civil Liberties Union

Parkway Central Library, Free Library of Philadelphia
Thanks again for a great concert.
Paul Savedow
Manager, Education, Religion and Philosophy Department
Free Library of Philadelphia PA

Temple Tikvah, New Hyde Park, NY
The congregation LOVED you and the group. We are looking towards future Klezmer like programs. How about one of your lectures/film presentations? A pleasure to work with you. See you in Florida in February.
June Schwarz: Temple Tikvah
New Hyde Park, NY

Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn NY:
It is my great pleasure to recommend Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos, and most especially leader of both bands, Eve Sicular.

During the past decade, I have presented Eve and her two ensembles at different venues and events in New York City, including the Brooklyn Museum’s internationally acclaimed outreach program (First Saturdays) and this college’s Free Sundays series of world music and dance.

Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos play with passion, panache, and pride. Both groups will charm the first-time listener while earning the respect of any critics, die-hard klezmer fans, and ethnomusicologists in the audience. I have watched diverse crowds of twenty-something Brooklyn hipsters get up and dance in the aisles with Orthodox Jewish couples three times their age. I have seen families with delighted kids shouting out for encores. I have watched people excitedly buying their first klezmer CD (perhaps their first world-music recording) in the lobby of my theater.

Eve Sicular is simply tops when it comes to making every performance a rewarding collaboration between presenter, artist, and audience. Talk with her about your goals for program content and audience development and you will find her a thoughtful, creative, innovative partner. Listen to her chat with the audience from the stage or in the lobby and you will find her a warm, engaging, and inspiring speaker (and a brilliant scholar). And to cap it off, Eve is also one of the most professional bandleaders you will ever encounter – she handles every business matter from booking to performance in a timely and efficient manner. Now that is a presenter’s dream!

I will gladly provide any additional information, but my best advice is: Book them soon!
Best regards,
Mona Z. Smith, Executive Director, Performing Arts & Special Events

also from Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn NY
Thank you for an outstanding show this past Sunday. Our crowd loved your set! It is also rare that a group of performers come along that are as organized as they are talented. I thank you for that.
Sarah Van Buren, Performing Arts & Special Events

92nd Street Y
We cannot thank you enough for your participation in our Musical Introduction Series concerts. All of the schools were thrilled by the band’s exciting playing and thoughtful interaction with the audience.

The impact of having such a dynamic and culturally rich performance from Metropolitan Klezmer for the diverse group of young people that we serve through Educational Outreach is immeasurable. As an ensemble, your flexibility and willingness to work with us to create an engaging, interactive concert program was invaluable.

The program itself was varied and interesting, introducing students to traditional and original klezmer in a truly unique way, and with a contemporary flavor. They especially enjoyed the way the band demonstrated their instruments and that many of the members of the band played more than one instrument!

We have received lots of positive feedback from many teachers and school administrators who were impressed by the band’s stellar musicianship and educational style, as well as your relaxed and approachable demeanors.

We are very proud to have hosted such an outstanding ensemble and truly hope that you all had as wonderful an experience as everyone involved with the 92nd Street Y’s Musical Introduction Series did.

Thank you for sharing your musical gifts, teaching artistry, humor and joy with more than 3,000 public school children throughout New York City.

With thanks and gratitude,
Larisa Gelman, Director, Educational Outreach, School of the Arts, 92nd Street Y, New York City, NY

Hudson Square LentSpace
I just wanted to say thank you and to all of your musicians for an amazing performance at LentSpace today! You were all such a pleasure to work with, and you sound amazing.
Please keep me informed of upcoming shows and gigs!
All my best,
Shin Otake, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Kineret, Atlantic Beach
I cannot begin to thank you and the band for your performance last night. I received so many phone calls today and every one mentioned how great you and the band were. You were just fantastic! We all had a wonderful evening and really enjoyed your performance. I especially enjoyed your explanations and how you made the evening feel so comfortable and lively. Just exceptional! Thanks again for making our evening so spectacular!
Karen Nessim, Co-Chair / Kineret, Atlantic Beach

Touro Law Center
Thanks to you Eve and to your wonderful group. Terrific program. Kudos from everyone around here.
Professor Dan Subotnik
Touro Law Center
Central Islip, Long Island NY

Cooperstown Concert Series
We had a great experience with you and your band the other night–top to bottom. Couldn’t have been better. Congrats on your drawing power. Nicely done, and very well played.

Your troupe brightened up our “winter” (which really hasn’t arrived yet) … Groups like yours are also a shining example– Everytime you think the culture is in the tank, then you see a show like we saw the other night. Beats the heck out of other entertainment options.
Tim Wiles, Cooperstown Concert Series co-director

Riverspace Arts, Nyack NY
Hooray for us! It was a really great show…Thank you again, for a great show, and for EVERYONE being such a pleasure to work with. It’s been a real pleasure!
Melanie Rock, holiday show series producer

Kane Street Synagogue Family KlezFest
Wonderful concert – great musicians, wonderful variety of tunes
Thanks to everyone at Metropolitan Klezmer and to you for all your work on our behalf!!!

Elise Bernhardt, Kane Street Synagogue Family KlezFest coordinator

The 92nd Street Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall
The concert at the The 92nd Street that featured Metropolitan Klezmer and [guest artist/emeritus MK member] Howie Leess on tenor sax and clarinet was an immense success on so many levels…. The Y was thrilled to have a nearly full house [approximately 700 audience members]… and might I add that the verbal feedback was incredibly good. The program was balanced and lyrical, the vocalist superb and all in all, it was a totally splendid afternoon….
Jo Frances Brown, Program Coordinator, Stein Memorial Concert

World Financial Center’s Festival of Sound & Light
Your band sounds amazing.
John Louis Pedat, Halfmoon Records [Talent Programmer, Winter Garden WFC]

There’s definitely no need to feel farklempt with these kind of celebrations.
VOLUME nyc, Voices of Lower Manhattan

Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center
Klezmer program included varied selections of beautiful music, which touched and moved us … A high-quality concert… One of the highlights of our year.
Claire Sigal, Programming/SAAJCC

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
My warmest thanks for a job well done. The patrons are still talking about the concert.
Alfred Fredel, Producer

American Friends of the Israel Museum
Metropolitan Klezmer really outdid themselves and made a magical evening… Your performance was soulful and beautiful
Monique Birenbaum. Development Director

CNN WorldBeat: Crazy for Klezmer
If you have any other CDs, I’d love to hear more! Here’s the footage, your band was wonderful.
Neil Curry, Producer (Turner Broadcasting & BBC)

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