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music in yiddish cinema

One of Metropolitan Klezmer’s specialties is the fascinating range of music found in vintage Yiddish film soundtracks, from tango to tragic lullaby to tenement wedding dance.  The band performs both little-known folkloric gems and tunes which show interchange between Yiddish and mainstream popular cultures. read more

j. edgar klezmer

yiddish celluloid closet

An exploration of lesbian and gay subtext in Yiddish cinema during its heyday, from the 1920’s to the outbreak of World War II, reveals distinctly Jewish concerns of the time intertwined with a striking array of allusions to this highly-charged subject.
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Metropolitan Klezmer

Metropolitan Klezmer shows


Date Venue City
June 4 - June 7 HERE Arts Center “J. EDGAR KLEZMER” in New York City
Time: 7:00pm.
Admission: $25 general /$20 members.
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Box office: 212.647.0202.
Address: 145 Sixth Ave (enter on Dominick St).
Venue phone: 212.647.0202.
“J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files” – NYC run at last, FIVE SHOWS ONLY! Musical documentary theater adventure, researched and written by grandchild and bandleader Eve Sicular (Isle of Klezbos/Metropolitan Klezmer). From klezmer to Kodaly to jazz, baroque to boogie woogie to gospel, from a New York Times clipping on Hazel Scott’s cancelled TV show to derelict theories of homosexuality, J. Edgar Klezmer’s exploration of surveillance files lead in even more directions than the Department of Jusitce could have foreseen. The stellar six-woman cast features actress Yelena Shmulenson (Coen Brother: A Serious Man; Boardwalk Empire), lead vocalist Melissa Fogarty (New York City Opera, Seattle Baroque), under the direction of Gwenyth Reitz. Nightly 7PM Thurs 6/4-Sun 6/7, plus Sunday matinee 2PM. Buy tickets

Metropolitan Klezmer  

Date Venue City
August 30 Tifereth Israel Congregation Metropolitan Klezmer in New Bedford MA
Time: 5:00pm.
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Metropolitan Klezmer quartet special returns to historic seaside New Bedford MA! Concert /party celebrating 18 year anniversary of the rabbi leading this congregationl
Tour: Mid-Atlantic mini-tour!
December 16 The Mansion at Strathmore Metropolitan Klezmer in North Bethesda MD
Time: 7:30pm.
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Box office: 301-581-5100.
Address: 10701 Rockville Pike.
Venue phone: 301-581-5100.
Power trio special tour! Featuring: Debra Kreisberg /clarinet +sax Ismail Butera /accordion Eve Sicular /drums +bandleader Buy tickets
December 17 Haverford College Metropolitan Klezmer in Haverford PA
Time: 7:30pm.
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Metropolitan Klezmer’s special power trio performs for Haverford College’s Yiddish Club series (co-sponsored by the Music Department). Featuring: Debra Kreisberg /clarinet +sax Ismail Butera /accordion Eve Sicular /drums +bandleader
Tour: Way Out West
January 23 Torrance Cultural Arts Center Metropolitan Klezmer in Torrance CA
Time: 8:00pm.
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Box office: (310) 781-7171.
Address: 3330 Civic Center Dr N, Torrance, California 90503.
Venue phone: (310) 781-7171.
Metropolitan Klezmer quintet special! Orange County /LA area, our SoCal debut: Debra Kreisberg, clarinet/sax Pam Fleming, trumpet/flugelhorn Dave Hofstra, double bass Eve Sicular, drums |leader Shoko Nagai (special guest) accordion/piano Buy tickets
February 2 - February 4 92nd Street Y Metropolitan Klezmer in NYC
Time: 10:00am.
Address: 1395 Lexington Ave.
Metropolitan Klezmer​ brings our full octet for return engagement at the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall, performances for the Musical Introduction Series: Themes of immigration, three days of presenting to NYC schoolchildren onstage in this legendary auditorium. Featuring: ISMAIL BUTERA, accordion; PAM FLEMING, trumpet & flugelhorn; MELISSA FOGARTY, vocals; DAVE HOFSTRA, upright bass & tuba; DEBRA KREISBERG, clarinet & alto saxophone; REUT REGEV, trombone; EVE SICULAR, drums |bandleader; KAREN WALTUCH, viola. Livestream link to be available on performance date!

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