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Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
Petaluma, CA
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Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble
Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble will be playing a wide variety of ancient to modern Klezmer and Israeli music

Jubilee Klezmer is: Paul Alexander on B flat and C clarinets
Sonia Tubridy on accordion
Mark Peabody on acoustic bass
Alby Kass vocals

Featured will be music from the centuries old traditions of the Jewish Wedding.

We will discuss and perform music for the Tish  (Groom's feast table), the Badekn (veiling of the Bride), the Beveinen (bringing the Bride - and Groom to tears), the role of the badkhn (wedding jester/master of ceremonies), the march to and from the khupe (wedding canopy), serenading the mekhatonim (in-laws) on their way home, and much more.

Rabbi Ted Feldman and his associate, Mia Cohen, will talk about the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Ha Shana (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) along with the traditional treat of apples and honey to symbolize an auspicious New Year.

And Alby Kass will sing songs in Yiddish that he learned from his mother!

With such a program, how could you stay at home!

Join us for this joyful celebration of the New Year and the Jewish musical wedding tradition, along with some rollicking and soulful musical renditions from the tradition of the klezmorim of the Old World!

About Jubilee Klezmer:

Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble is a lively kapelye (band) devoted to preserving and performing a rich and diverse assortment of klezmer melodies from Eastern Europe and beyond.

Originally, the word "klezmer", from the yiddish language, meant simply "musician", literally vessel of song. Klezmer music is intended to replicate the human voice, including sounds of crying, wailing and laughing. This joyful music, often mingled with overtones of sadness, derives from centuries-old Jewish khazones, or cantorial liturgical melodies, as well as from songs that accompanied Jewish wedding ceremonies.

Klezmer musicians tended to be nomadic, simply in order to find enough work to survive. As a result, they were exposed to, and mingled with many other musical cultures. Foremost of these were the music of the Romany (gypsy) peoples, music from Russia, Poland, Belarus, Moldava, Ukraine, Romania, and early 20th century American jazz.

The result is what we call, in Hebrew a tsimmes, a glorious concoction of different flavors and ingredients, producing an indescribable feast of (food, or in this case) sound!
Like most aspects of European Jewish culture, the Holocaust nearly decimated the tradition of klezmer music. Because klezmer, like most folk music, is an aural tradition, when the older musicians died, much of the music died with them.

Fortunately, some of the surviving immigrant Jewish klezmorim were able to pass on some of the Old World styles and melodies to afficionados and students, as well as through early 78 rpm recordings. Klezmer music is made for dancing! Klezmer music enlivens set dances, such as the hora, sirba, kolomeike, skotchne and rikudl, as well as traditional waltzes, tangos and polkas. It is to this day, sought after, and cherished for Jewish weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations, anniversaries, and public concerts. Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble is proud to contribute to the performance and preservation of this hauntingly beautiful musical heritage.


Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (View)
20 4th Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
United States


Music > Festivals
Music > Folk
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Fundraisers

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


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