NY Klezmer Orchestra live on stage at the Smith

A holiday favorite, the New York Klezmer Orchestra, returns to the The Smith Opera House stage on Saturday, December, 11 at 7:30pm at The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY.An evening with the “New York Klezmer Orchestra” includes a repertoire of Turkish, Romanian, Polish, and other Eastern European influenced traditional music. The “NYKO” is one of New York State’s foremost performers of traditional and contemporary klezmer music. Expect the unexpected, for this klezmer band adds the energies of Rock ‘n Roll, Jazz, and Swing into their shows. See their video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_YFFojVpB8. Maury Rosenberg is the director and leader of the “New York Klezmer Orchestra.” He has performed with world renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, toured extensively with the “Shirim Klezmer Orchestra,” participated in performances with “The New England Klezmer Conservatory Band,” and has appeared in the sound track of Woody Allen’s movie “Deconstructing Harry.”NYKO band members are Maury Rosenberg-accordion, piano, vocal lead, JoAnn Vacarro-electric guitar, Tim Hull-clarinet, Chris Reynolds-bass guitar and Mark Phillips-drums, hand drums.Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe. Played by professional musicians called klezmorim, the genre consists largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations. Although the genre has its origins in Eastern Europe, the particular form now known as klezmer developed in the United States in the milieu of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants who arrived between 1880 and 1924.Everyone attending will receive gelt and goodies in celebration of the holidays.Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 senior/student and free to students grades 12 and under. More information can be obtained at www.thesmith.org or by calling (315) 781-5483. The Smith accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Box office hours are weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 pm.The Smith Opera House is owned and operated by the Smith Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) organization, supported, in part, with public funds from the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual members.

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