JEWISH MUSIC & CULTURAL FESTIVAL
DATE: Sunday – SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
TIME: Noon to 6:00PM
PLACE: Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center
5655 Thompson Road in Dewitt
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL MUSICAL EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES
KOSHER FOODS WILL BE ON SALE ALL DAY…
VARIED VENDORS WILL BE SELLING THEIR ARTS & CRAFTS PRODUCTS
16 years ago, Sid Lipton and Mimi Weiner had the idea that Central New York needed a Jewish Festival. There was an Irish Fest, a Greek Fest, a Polish Fest an Italian Fest and more. There were the Jazz and Blues Music Festivals and even a Food Fest in Downtown Syracuse. Sid and Mimi wanted a Jewish Festival that had all of these elements…great music…delicious ethnic foods and lots of Jewish spirit!
The main focus of the early festivals was to bring in great Klezmer bands. Klezmer music originated in medieval Eastern Europe and came to America with immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century. Hence…the original name of this festival was “KlezFest”.
For the first few years, the KlezFest took place in Armory Square and in 2002 moved to the larger Clinton Square. In 2009 the Jewish Music & Cultural Festival moved to the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center campus. Along the way the name was changed to the “Jewish Music & Cultural Festival”.
What is especially nice is that…YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO ENJOY THE JEWISH MUSIC & CULTURAL FESTIVAL…!
GENRES OF JEWISH MUSIC
Growing audiences of all ethnic backgrounds across the U.S. and Europe are discovering the joys of the klezmer genre, which first made its appearance in the 16th century.
Klezmer music is the traditional instrumental music of the Jews of Eastern Europe. Among the Hasidism, Jews were encouraged to express their piety through the ecstatic fervor of music and dance.
The term Klezmer derives from the Hebrew words “kley zemer,” which means “vessel of sound”. The term now includes the musician, as well as the whole genre of music.
The original Klezmers or Klezmorim played at both Jewish and Christian social events, and played without the benefit of written music. The soulful music of the synagogue mixed with the verve of Gypsy melody is crucial to the Klezmer sound.
European klezmorim integrated music from their host country into their melodies. Americans do the same; you will hear rock, jazz, swing, and New Age sounds in modern klezmer music. The clarinet has joined the original Klezmer instrument, the violin; they are the major solo instruments. Today brass, percussion, accordion….almost any instrument can be found in a Klezmer band.
Concurrent with the immigration of Jews from Europe came their musical culture. In the New World the musicians, as members of large bands, were able to rise from the base poverty they had known previously. Jewish music found a willing partner in the Yiddish theater companies that dotted Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Many bands and soloists made records and their skill and interpretations are available to us today for study and enjoyment.
MAIN STAGE PROGRAM
Noon to 1:00PM –
1:15PM to 1:45PM –
2:00PM to 2:30PM –
3:00PM – CNY’S LARGEST HORA!
3:00PM to 4:30PM –
4:45PM to 5:45PM –
5:45PM to 6:00PM – BAND JAM
All entertainment will be outdoors…
Face Painting from 1PM to 3PM
Price Chopper Hopper – All Day
Ga-Ga Pit – All Day
Sand Painting – All Day
Arts & Crafts – All Day
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