KlezmerQuerque 2018


Friday, February 16 -- Sunday, February 18

President's Day Weekend

Featuring Three Special guest artists:
Henry Sapoznik (banjo, Yiddish song, Historian)
Margot Leverett (klezmer clarinet virtuoso)
Avia Moore (dance)

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.  Mr. Sapoznik will give a cameo performance on Friday evening, February 16, and will be featured at the Concert and Dance Party on Saturday evening, February 17. 

On Sunday, February 18, Henry Sapoznik will give two lectures. KlezmerQuerque's    Special featured presentation,  On Founding the Klezmer Revival: A Conversation with Henry Sapoznik and The Rise and Fall of Yiddish Radio 1915-1955.   See full schedule.   Read Henry Sapoznik Bio.

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Margot Leverett, Klezmer clarinet virtuoso, will be performing with Mr. Sapoznik and teaching workshops.  Ms. Leverett is the protege of the famed Klezmer clarinetist Sid Beckerman and classically trained at Indiana University School of Music.  In addition to a Friday night Cameo Performance and being featured at Saturday night's Concert and Dance Party, she will be instructing two workshops on Sunday, February18 including a clarinet & woodwinds masterclass.  See full schedule.   Read Margot Leverett Bio.

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.

Photo by Randi Thompson

Photo by Randi Thompson

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.