Virtuoso violinist Judith Eisner will take the spotlight with her old-world klezmer ensemble, Eisner’s Klezmorim, Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Hamline University and the Minnesota Global Arts Institute’s Roots Music: Four Corners of Europe concert series, bringing the state’s top world music artists to the local stage.
Tickets are by general admission, $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for the Hamline/ACTC community. Free parking is widely available in campus lots. Advance tickets are available through http://rootsmusicklezmer.brownpapertickets.com, or by calling 651-523-2459. Come early to hear the pre-show music appreciation talk beginning at 7 p.m.
Modern klezmer music is known for a festive sound that — especially in America — assimilated early jazz and popular music. However, klezmer’s complex roots, as the instrumental music of the Askenazi Jews, is meant to evoke the sound of the human voice, with emotions ranging from laughter to deep sorrow. Traditional klezmer music — at once joyous, haunting, and deeply introspective — was especially associated with weddings and similar celebrations. As Judith Eisner explains: “After the Holocaust, the tone of the Jewish wedding changed dramatically, eliminating many of its emotionally demanding aspects. At that time the wedding went from a week long, community developing event to just one wedding day. As a result, much of the music which accompanied these parts was forgotten. “Rediscovered Yiddish Music” will offer audiences a rare opportunity to hear traditional klezmer music as it functioned in the rituals of the wedding. Modern klezmer music, which started after WWII with clarinet based swing bands is how most people know klezmer music. What you’ll hear at this event is something quite different!”