The band, which emerged from New York City’s East Side in 1986, features music steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition, freshly interpreted for today’s audiences.
Two members of the ensemble, vocalist Lorin Sklamberg and trumpeter Frank London, won a following in Oswego helping headline the 2007 “Songs of the Spirit” concert, held at St. Mary’s Church before an overflow crowd.
“Ever since that remarkable event, we’ve hoped to bring them back to our community with the entire ensemble,” said Artswego coordinator Mary Avrakotos.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance, which is part of Artswego’s “Arts, Identity and Diaspora” theme during March, cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. Tickets are available by calling 312-2141 or visiting http://tickets.oswego.edu.
Band member London will offer a free public presentation, “Tradition in Transition,” as part of the focus on cultural expressions of the world’s present and past migrations. He will appear at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, in the Campus Center auditorium.
The Klezmatics received a 2006 Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album for “Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie.” Over the years, the band has worked with many luminaries, including American folksingers Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Theodore Bikel and Odetta; pop rockers Ben Folds Five; and violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. The band has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” and National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” with Garrison Keillor.
The SUNY Oswego tour engagement is funded through the American Masterpieces Program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.
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(Posted: Feb 25, 2010)