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Music Students Participate in Klezmer Workshop

Posted on February 22, 2016

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Greenman discusses improvised melodies with student instrumentalists

Music students from CWRU and the Cleveland Institute of Music had a unique opportunity to participate in a workshop led by violinist and Klezmer expert, Steve Greenman. 

“Klezmer music,” the traditional East-European Jewish wedding music, comprises a vast repertoire of serious concert works, artistic “listening” pieces, and exuberant dance melodies. This diverse repertoire employs its own unique Jewish modalities, rhythms and ornamentation. Far from its “old-world” origins, Klezmer music has become an important “world music” today and is taught at international Yiddish festivals as well as major universities.

In Greenman’s special session, participants explored some of the unique klezmer repertoire; learned the proper phrasing, style, and ornamentation; and performed together as a unique chamber music ensemble. 

Greenman is prominently featured in the Violins of Hope documentary that aired on WVIZ. That piece can be viewed here.

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