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Festival Finale with Veretski Pass, Instant Mandolin Orchestra and More
Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
Berkeley, CA
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Festival Finale with Veretski Pass, Instant Mandolin Orchestra and More
Your time to sing, dance and be inspired to make your own music. With the Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra a pop-up community chorus of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah led by Conspiracy of Beards artistic director Daryl Henline, and dance party with international Jewish dance expert Steven Weintraub and music by the internationally renowned ensemble, Veretski Pass.
Presented in association with KlezCalifornia

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Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra
Named in recognition of its infrequent assembly and spontaneous of musical arrangements, genre, instrumentation, and multitude of musicians, the features members of many of the San Francisco Bay Area's leading klezmer groups, and as well as mandolinists prominent in other genres, celebrity cameos, and innocent bystanders. The group originally formed to play at the San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins in 2005, returning in 2008 and 2009. Acclaimed as the most populous group each year, IKMO also performed in 2005, 2006, and 2007 at the Jewish Music Festival Community Music Day in Berkeley.

Veretski Pass
Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world.The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions.

Steve Weintraub is a teacher, choreographer, and performer of Jewish dance, particularly Yiddish dance, the dance to klezmer music.
Born on Governor's Island, Bar Mitzvahed in the Bronx, and living now in Philadelphia, Steven Lee Weintraub received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others. He is in international demand as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance at festivals and workshops including Klezkamp, Klezkanada, and festivals in Krakow, Furth, Paris and London to name a few. Steven delights in introducing people to the figures, steps and stylings of the dances that belong to Klezmer music. He has often been called the "Pied Piper of Yiddish Dance"; his years of experience leading and researching Yiddish dance allow him to quickly weave dancers and music together in astonishing ways. Young and old, from all backgrounds, find it easy to share in the joy of Yiddish dancing.


Jewish Community Center of the East Bay (View)
1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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