UVA Klezmer Ensemble with special guest, Grammy-winner Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics)
The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents the UVA Klezmer Ensemble with special guest artist, Grammy-award winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics) on Thursday, April 27th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall.
Directed by Joel Rubin, the Klezmer Ensemble focuses on the music of the klezmorim, the Jewish professional instrumentalists of eastern Europe, as well as related Jewish and other East European traditions from the 18th century to the present, including Yiddish song.
Tonight’s performance will feature special guest singer and multi-instrumentalist Lorin Sklamberg, hailed by legendary music critic Robert Christgau as “one of the premier American singers in any genre” with a voice that is “transcendent, ethereal and sensual” (All Things Considered, National Public Radio).
Besides being a founding member of the Grammy-winning, trailblazing Yiddish-American roots band, The Klezmatics, Sklamberg has performed on 50 albums and is known for his work with the Semer Ensemble, Alpen Klezmer, Susan McKeown, the Nigunim Trio, Sklamberg and the Shepherds, the Zmiros Project, and in Drawing Life, a multi-media song cycle. He has composed and performed for film, dance, stage and circus, and has produced a number of recordings of world and theater music. Sklamberg has taught and lectured from London and Paris to Kiev and St. Petersburg. He is also the Sound Archivist of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York and former coordinator of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program.
Now in its eleventh year, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble has become a vital part of the musical community of Central and Northern Virginia, performing in Old Cabell Hall as well as at conferences and festivals throughout the region. The ensemble is currently made up of undergraduates and other members of the greater Central Virginia community. The group is committed to ethnic, racial, cultural and religious diversity. Current and recent members have backgrounds from the US, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Armenia, Iran, and India, with religious backgrounds ranging from Jewish to Christian, Hindu and Muslim.
Joel Rubin was a 2013-14 recipient of the Mead Endowment, a program whose mission is to promote the University’s unique tradition of faculty involvement with students by identifying outstanding teachers and encouraging them to take part in that tradition. The Mead funding enabled the UVA Klezmer Ensemble to record a CD documenting its work at culmination of spring 2014 semester, “Let’s Dance”, which was released in August 2014 (http://uvaklezmerensemble.bandcamp.com/track/lets-dance). In 2016 he was a featured performer and teacher at the International Klezmer Festival in Fürth, Germany, Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany, and at the Klezfest of SOAS, University of London.
Tickets for the Klezmer Ensemble performance are $10 for adults, $9 for UVA Faculty & Staff, and $5 for students. Tickets for University of Virginia students are free if reserved in advance at the Arts Box Office www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda (map). Parking is available in the Central Grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.
All programs are subject to change.
Co-sponsored by UVA Jewish Studies Program and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.