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      November 15, 2019

      Friday   7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

      953 Danby Road
      Ithaca, New York 14850

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      The Making of Poyln: A Gilgul (Poland: A Metamorphosis)

      The Jewish Studies program at Ithaca College presents a free lecture and concert by the Klezmer ensemble Veretski Pass joined by clarinetist Joel Rubin on Friday, November 15, entitled "The Making of Poyln: A Gilgul (Poland: A Metamorphosis).”

      On Friday, November 15, at 7:30 pm in Textor 101 on the Ithaca College campus, the Klezmer trio Veretski Pass joined by clarinetist Joel Rubin will perform and explain their research into the Polish roots of Klezmer music. In this presentation - part concert, part lecture and part discussion - Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin lay bare the surprising sources for their “Poyln: A Gilgul (Poland: A Metamorphosis) " project. With field and archival recordings and historic manuscripts, they demonstrate how they transformed both Jewish and Polish melodies into cohesive and colorful suites, peppered with lively and spiritual arrangements as well as their own compositions. This project is the meeting of Jewish and Polish music - a missing link of the klezmer revival. For more information see 

      Klezmer music of the late 19th and early to mid 20th century was a cultural bond that brought Jewish families and communities together. Venturing beyond the known horas, freylekhs, bulgars and shers of Moldova, Ukraine and Russia, Veretski Pass and clarinetist Joel Rubin mined the obereks, kujawiaks, krakowiaks and polkas of Poland, the land that housed three million Jews before the Holocaust. Inspired by the 1901 story, A Gilgul Fun a Nign (“Metamorphosis of a Melody”), written by Polish Jewish author I.L. Peretz, the repertoire draws from previously unknown Hasidic tunes, country dances, contemporary and 19th century ethnographic collections as well as from field research by the musicians and their colleagues. Both urban and rural music come together here to enrich the genre currently known as klezmer music.

      The lecture is sponsored by Ithaca College’s Jewish Studies Program and is free and open to the public. Parking is free anywhere on the Ithaca College campus after 5 pm. For more information, please contact Peter Silberman at (607) 274-1496,, or see our Facebook page:
      Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact him by email or phone. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

      Cost: Free -

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