Klezmer Conservatory Band returns to Centennial Hall

After nearly a decade, the Klezmer Conservatory Band returns Saturday, January 21, 2006 to Tucson’s Centennial Hall for an evening of traditional Jewish folk, jazz and classical music.

From the shtetls of Eastern Europe, through the emigration to America, and from the jazz clubs of cities and the stages of Yiddish theater comes the music of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. Klezmer music began in medieval Europe, where bands of itinerant Jewish musicians went from town to town playing for Jewish festivals and special events. By the 19th century, klezmer music had become a well-developed musical style, taking its inspiration not only from the synagogue, but also from the non-Jewish culture that surrounded it. Today, a klezmer revival is in full swing, with the Klezmer Conservatory Band playing a prominent role.

For over 20 years, the Band has performed sold-out concerts from coast to coast including annual appearances at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and for Boston’s First Night Celebration. In April of 1990, the Klezmer Conservatory Band made its debut tour abroad, performing several concerts in Germany and giving a remarkable performance at the first-ever International Yiddish Festival in Krakow, Poland.

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