NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The Klezmatics will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 in Memorial Hall, Bethel College, North Newton. The event is part of the 2002-03 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) series. The concert replaces Kol Simcha, which cancelled its HBPA performance on the same date. Season ticket holders may use their Kol Simcha tickets to attend the Klezmatics concert. Klezmer music began in medieval Europe as the music of East European Jews, where bands of itinerant Jewish musicians went from town to town playing for Jewish festivals and special events. Since their founding in New York City's East Village in 1986, the Klezmatics have celebrated Yiddish music with works which are energetic, spiritual, provocative, reflective and danceable. The Klezmatics have performed on a number of television and radio programs. In the summer of 2001 the band, together with Israeli singer Chava Alberstein and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) appeared in concert in Berlin. The resulting television program, "Voices: A Musical Celebration," aired on PBS, across Europe and in Israel.
The Klezmatics composed and performed the music for both the original Hartford Stage and New York Public Theater productions of Tony Kushner's "A Dybbuk" and for the Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet's premiere of Kushner's "It's an Undoing World." They participated in a cross-cultural project with the Master Musicians of Jajouka. They've worked with Itzhak Perlman, klezmer clarinet legend Ray Musiker, keyboarder Anthony Coleman, poets Alollo Trehorn, Allen Ginsberg and Jerome Rothenberg, New York City avant-rockers Elliot Sharp, Marc Ribot and John Zorn, Philadelphia jazz statesmen Bootsy Barnes and Sam Dockery and members of the Flying Karamazov Brothers. The Klezmatics have provided music for new works by choreographer Twyla Tharp and filmmakers Jonathan Berman and Gregg Bordowitz.
The band's sixth CD, "Rise Up!/Shteyt Oyf!" is scheduled for release in spring 2003. For additional information about The Klezmatics, see the group's website.
For tickets to the North Newton performance, call (316) 284-5281 at Bethel College or (620) 327-8158 or (866-437-7866) at Hesston College. Tickets are $12-15 for adults, $10-15 for senior citizens, $5-15 for students.
This program is presented in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and Wichita Greyhound Charities, Inc.
One HBPA performance is left in the 2002-03 series. Cantus, a male vocal chamber ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at Yost Center, Hesston College in Hesston.