Vessels of Song: Origins, Decline, and Renaissance of Klezmer Music

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 14:30

On Tuesday, May 28 (2:30 - 4:00 pm, in the Performance Hall at the School of Creative Arts), percussionist Nick Papador, Professor in the School of Creative Arts, will offer a lecture and sampling of the music that he published and discussed in his recent book, Vessels of Song: A Collection of Klezmer Suites for Mallet Ensemble
Klezmer, from Yiddish meaning "vessel of song, or musical instrument", is the traditional folk music which emanated from the Ashkenazi Jewish people of the shtetls of Central and Eastern Europe. It began in the Middle Ages as a form of dance music at weddings. After evolving, absorbing elements of other musical traditions, and being widely and popularly performed throughout the continent in subsequent centuries, it declined by the mid-twentieth century after the devastation of Jewish communities in the Holocaust. Since the 1970s, however, Klezmer has experienced a revival. Professor Papador’s presentation will share some of this history with you, as well as perform some of the music with several musicians. This event is free and open to the public, so please invite anyone you know who might be interested.

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Christina Simmons