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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.

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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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Di Fire Korbunes

The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition was organized to commemorate the tragic and lamentable Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911, in which 146 garment workers died due to the criminally negligent actions of the factory owners. The event became a rallying cry for the international labor movement and impetus for many of our fire safety laws.

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Upcoming Events

Date Venue
Thursday Feb. 29, 2024 Harvard University, Cambridge MA
Bandleader/film scholar Eve Sicular presents her multimedia program
Sunday, Jan 28, 2024 at 2PM JCC Rockland, West Nyack

Metropolitan Klezmer

Seeds of Hope: A Tu B'Shvat concert
Refreshments served
$18 Early Bird | $25. Early bird pricing ends Jan 12th
Tickets at JCC Rockland
December 23 - 28, 2023 Yiddish New York

Monday, December 25

Film Screening& Q&A: Fishke Der Krumer - The Light Ahead

Film Screening & QA: Fishke Der Krumer aka The Light Ahead
with Eve Sicular and Josh Waletsky

Hebrew Union College (1 W 4th St. in Manhattan) and Online via Zoom - Register

Sunday, December 17, 2023 Holiday Open Streets NYC

Metropolitan Klezmer Trio Special

Fifth Avenue Open Streets: 2pm-3pm betw 52nd & 53rd Streets

Rain or Shine — FREE & Outdoors!

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Past Shows

Date Venue
Saturday, October 15, 2022 Klezbos & Friends

QUEENS Night Market Performance

7PM-8:00PM Free Outdoor Concert

Location: NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Klezmer Power trio featuring Eve Sicular on drums, Alex Parke on clarinet and Ilya Shneyveys on accordion.

More details at Queens Night Market

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 METROPOLITAN KLEZMER & Friends

Concert at North Woodmere Park

7PM-8:30PM Free Outdoor Concert - Weather Permitting

Location: 750 Hungry Harbor Rd/Branch Blvd, North Woodmere, Long Island, NY

More details at Nassau Co. Free Events

Tuesday December 29, 2020 YNY 2020 Film Festival

Yiddish NY "Der Lebediker Yosem" Q&A Session

PM2 Tuesday 12/29/20, 3:15-4:30pm

Location: Streaming On-Demand

Eve Sicular will moderate an online panel discussing the seldom-seen Yiddish film "Der Lebediker Yosem" (The Living Orphan aka Mayn Zundele /My Son) for Yiddish New York 2020: Tuesday 12/29 PM2, 3:15-4:30pm.

This Sholem Secunde /Chaim Tauber musical melodrama directed by Joseph Seiden features half a dozen diverse tunes interspersed with backstage family drama, comic routines, 1939 NYC location shots, and a cast of Yiddish stage veterans (including child star Jerold Rosenberg who grew up to become Jerry Ross, co-creator of Broadway hits "Pajama Game" & "Damn Yankees"").

Screening online now til Dec 30 via film fest, and panelists Allen Lewis Rickman & Rokhl Kafrissen; Josh Waletzky co-moderates with Eve; and an original cast member joins for a YNY2020 special appearance.

Monday January 13, 2020 DROM

Metropolitan Klezmer (APAP Edition)

METROPOLITAN KLEZMER will be featured in the showcase evening during the annual APAP conference bringing Association for Performing Arts Professionals to NYC.

Location: 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

8:40PM — 8:40PM (20-min set)

Free for APAP badgeholders

Sunday January 12, 2020 The Cutting Room

Klezmer Brunch Double Bill: Metropolitan Klezmer & Isle of Klezbos (APAP Edition)

Metropolitan Klezmer and Klezbos Double Bill at the Cutting Room

Design: Lisa Kelsey

Deluxe concert featuring sets by both METROPOLITAN KLEZMER and the all-gal ISLE of KLEZBOS sextet: Come celebrate Metropolitan Klezmer's first show of our 26th anniversary year! Support the bands at this public show during the annual APAP conference bringing Association for Performing Arts Professionals to NYC.

Location: 44 East 32nd Street, NYC

2PM — 4PM (doors open 1PM)

General admission $20, with a $20 table minimum; full brunch menu & bar; APAP badgeholders enter free, no reservations required.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 Temple Beth O'r / Beth Torah

Metropolitan Klezmer Septet

Location: 111 Valley Rd, Clark NJ

Show: 4PM

A concert to celebrate the life of Arnold Young featuring Neshama Carlebach and Metropolitan Klezmer. (See event flyer)

Tickets are $20 for adults before November 29; $12 for children.
Call 732-381-8403 or buy tickets online

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 One New York Plaza

Metropolitan Klezmer Quartet Special

Location: One New York Plaza lobby, Downtown NYC

Show: 12:30PM til 1:30PM

Presented by Arts Brookfield as part of the "Holiday Harmonies" series.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 The Museum at Eldridge Street
Metropolitan Klezmer's Jubilation! 25th Anniversary Octet Concert at Museum at Eldridge Street 11/14/19

Metropolitan Klezmer's Jubilation! 25th Anniversary presented in partnership with Village Preservation and the Museum at Eldridge Street.

Now celebrating their 25th year together, Metropolitan Klezmer brings eclectic exuberance to Yiddish musical genres from all over the map. Performing vibrant versions of gems from wedding dance, trance, folk, swing and tango styles, as well as soundtrack material from vintage Yiddish films, this octet re-invents tradition with both irreverence, respect, and joy. This special performance will also feature a rarely heard repertoire including balladry of the Triangle Fire, a Yiddish-rooted Soviet animation score, and a gorgeous range of imaginative original compositions.

Location: 12 Eldridge Street, NY, NY

Show: 7:00 PM — 8:30 PM

Get Online Tickets thru Village Preservation!

Saturday, November 16, 2019 ›› Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex

Metropolitan Klezmer Quintet Special with Local favorites Loose Canons opener

Location: Sanctuary, 20 Academy Road, Caldwell, NJ 07006

Show: 8:00 PM — 10:00 PM

*Free concert with Advance Registration (before November 15) or $20 at the door.

Sunday, November 24, 2019 BlackRock Center for the Arts

Metropolitan Klezmer in Concert

Location: 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

Show: 7PM — 9PM

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Rock Hall Museum

A night of Klezmer music at Rock Hall Museum.

Location: 199 Broadway, Lawrence, LI, NY

Show: 8 — 9:30PM

Free outdoors, sponsored by the Town of Hempstead.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 JCC of Atlantic County

Location: JCC of Atlantic County, Margate City, NJ

Show: 6 — 8:15PM


Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Concert Happenings in Ridgefield Parks (CHiRP)

Full octet onstage!

Location: Ridgefield Parks, Ridgefield, CT

Show: 7PM

Free! outdoors

Thursday, May 23, 2019 JxJ 2019 Festival

Music in Yiddish Cinema with Isle of Klezbos & Metropolitan Klezmer

We're honored to be part of the 2019 JxJ – a new multicultural arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival.

Location: AFI Silver Theatre, Washington, DC

Show: 7:30 PM

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Sunday, May 12, 2019 City Winery NYC

Eleventh Annual Mother's Day Klezmer Brunch
Address: 155 Varick Street, NYC

DEBRA KREISBERG: clarinet & sax
PAM FLEMING: trumpet
ISMAIL BUTERA: accordion
DAVE HOFSTRA: double bass & tuba
EVE SICULAR: drums | bandleader

All-inclusive ticket includes Brunch Buffet & Live Music 11am–2pm
Seatings from 10am, reservations strongly encouraged.
Discount for kids!

General admission $28 (includes unlimited buffet) » GET TICKETS

Kids' ticket just $18 including unlimited brunch buffet! » GET TICKETS

Thursday, April 25 — May 11, 2019 Baruch Performance Arts Center

Refuge presented by Blessed Unrest Theater and Teatri Oda of Kosovo

NYC-based Blessed Unrest teams up with Teatri Oda from Kosovo and Metropolitan Klezmer members Debra Kreisberg, Ismail Butera and Eve Sicular perform as the band for this world-premiere play based on real events.

Location: Rose Nagelberg Theatre
55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Show: 7:30PM

Use code RefugeMK for $5 off ticket price April 25 thru May 6 only
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Blessed Unrest Theater Co's Kickstarter video is here & you can contribute to support the "REFUGE" show.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 Temple Emanu-El of Bayonne

Metropolitan Klezmer concert

Location: Temple Emanu-El, 735 JFK Boulevard, Bayonne, NJ 07002

Show: 2PM

Tickets: $18.00
Reservations (201)436-4499

Sunday January 6, 2019 CITY WINERY NYC

Klezmer Brunch Double Bill: Metropolitan Klezmer & Isle of Klezbos (APAP Edition)

Deluxe concert featuring sets by both METROPOLITAN KLEZMER and the all-gal ISLE of KLEZBOS sextet: Come celebrate Metropolitan Klezmer's first show of our 25th anniversary year! Support the bands at this public show during the annual APAP conference bringing Association for Performing Arts Professionals to NYC. Full brunch menu & bar available from 10AM on; no minimum order.

Location: at The Loft at City Winery 155 Varick St, NYC 10013

11AM-1PM (doors open 10AM)

General admission $10; kids under 13 & APAP badgeholders enter free

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Cornelia Street Cafe

7th Annual Santa Klez!

Featuring the classic Santa Klez quintet: Debra Kreisberg clarinet/sax; Rachelle Garniez accordion/piano & vocal; Dave Hofstra upright bass; Karen Waltuch viola; Eve Sicular drums/bandleader.

Come for dinner (Christmas Menu), or just for drinks and a chance to bid adieu to beloved Cornelia Street Cafe, which has graced NYC's West Village since 1977.

Location: 29 Cornelia Street, NYC

Two Shows: 3PM and 5PM

Reservations: 212-989-9319

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