Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Best Staff Concert Ever

Best Staff Concert EVER! I heard that over and over last night after an amazing concert featuring KlezKamp staff playing solo turns and in ensembles covering every possible variation of Yiddish and Klezmer music.

Michael Wex emceed the program with aplomb, including his droshe on the influence of Curly and the other Stooges on Yiddish in the greater culture. All of the acts deserve mention but the stand-outs for me included an amazing clarinet solo by Andy Statman, who did the impossible at KlezKamp and achieved a totally silent, rapt audience; Elaine Hoffman-Watts, who drummed up a storm; the Frank London brass ensemble; Susan Leviton's beautiful Yiddish song; Ray Musiker's Mayn Shtetele Belz solo; Michael Wex's "I'm too sexy for Chabad" solo; so many more.

It was an incredible evening. We have recorded all the evening programs and will have them for sale at the EpesCenter and, we hope, soon on our website .

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