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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

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

Metropolitan Klezmer  

Date Venue City
October 29 Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Ghouls and Gourds Festival
Metropolitan Klezmer in New York City
Time: Note change! 3:15pm til 4pm (and we're part of Costume Parade & Drum Circle from 4:30pm-5:30pm on the Cherry Esplanade).
Address: Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Metropolitan Klezmer plays a full octet show on the Hayloft Stage at BBG's pre-Halloween extravaganza! We'll also be part of the festival finale parade. Buy tickets

November 14 Bruno Walter Auditorium
at Lincoln Center
Metropolitan Klezmer in New York City
"Music from Yiddish Cinema: Metropolitan Klezmer at Lincoln Center"
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Address: 111 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
One of the Metropolitan Klezmer’s specialties is the richly varied music found in vintage Yiddish film soundtracks. Join us for an evening of original klezmer arrangements performed live by the full octet, interpolated with scenes both from celebrated movie classics and lesser-known cinematic gems onscreen: Hasidic chant and sewing song from The Dybbuk; tenement wedding dance from Uncle Moses; melodies performed for newsreels made by Moscow’s State Yiddish Theater; Second Avenue swing, haunting love songs, and a little-known folkloric grandma’s dance, as heard in the Polish films of Molly Picon. A panoply of footage excerpts will be shared onscreen, interspersed with the band's exhilarating live musical interpretations of music found & inspired by vintage celluloid versions: Archival clips alternating with our live ensemble's re-takes on an astonishing array of movie music. Bandleader Eve Sicular is former curator of Film & Photo Archives at YIVO Institute, and also worked for the National Center for Jewish Film on the landmark series "Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds" at The Museum of Modern Art (1991-92).
This multi-media concert event is offered FREE to the public, – first come, first served; so we recommend arriving early for a seat. Reservations are already full – so get on the waitng list, already! Preview of the program here
This performance is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; New York State Council on the Arts; and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
December 25 Cornelia Street Cafe Metropolitan Klezmer in New York City
Santa Klez returns to Cornelia Street Cafe
Time: Sets at 3pm & 5pm
Address: Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Our 4th annual Santa Klez tradition continues! Eat, drink & hear klezmer for Xmas. Quintet special returns this culinary & cultural landmark in NYC's West Village, as the live music holiday alternative to Chinese food and a movie. Music cover $20 + food /drink minimum downstairs... or enjoy a feast upstairs for package deal with band performance on the cabaret stage.
Reservations: 212-989-9319

December 31 New Year's Eve Millbrook Metropolitan Klezmer
Time: 4pm til 8pm
Address: Millbrook, New York 12545
Age restrictions: All Ages.
FREE and open to the public!
April 22, 2017 The Emelin Theatre Metropolitan Klezmer
Metropolitan Klezmer in concert
Time: to be announced
Address: The Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck NY 10543 –within walking distance of Mamaroneck MetroNorth train station and many restaurants nearby on Mamaroneck Avenue.
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Metropolitan Klezmer returns with full octet to The Emelin, a charming theater in Lower Westchester. Discount $15 tickets available with student ID. This is the same stage where the band recorded our album "Mazel Means Good Luck."

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