The 16th Annual KlezmerQuerque is a three-day festival featuring klezmer dance and music which is rooted in the traditional wedding rituals of the Jews of Eastern Europe. KlezmerQuerque is co-produced by Congregation Nahalat Shalom, the 22-piece Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band and the dance troupe Rikud.
The festival presents a wide variety of events for all ages, abilities and budgets including a free children’s event, concerts, dance parties, lecture-presentations, and “hands-on” workshops in music and dance.
Three special guest artists known for their expertise and scholarship in klezmer music and dance will be featured at all events throughout the weekend.
Henry Sapoznik, the four-time Grammy nominated founder of the klezmer revival will be featured playing banjo, singing in Yiddish and giving lecture-presentations.
Klezmer clarinet virtuoso Margot Leverett will be performing with Mr. Sapoznik and teaching workshops.
Avia Moore - dance leader, teacher, and choreographer from Toronto, Canada - will be leading dances at the parties and teaching workshops. KlezmerQuerque will also feature music and dance by many local klezmer artists including: The Rebbe’s Orkestra, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud Dancers, Alavados, Di Kavene Kapelye and Beth Cohen.
Individual event prices range from free to $25 and there’s an all-event early-bird discount of $85 for seniors/students and $95 for general admission. The early-bird discount ends Thursday, February 8 at 11:59PM after which the senior/student all-event price is $95 and general is $115. For additional information, contact event coordinator, Beth Cohen: (505) 243-6276.