02/01/2018 KLEZMER Music & Dance

KLEZMER, music is a unique blend of musical influences from different parts of Europe, South Eastern, North Central, in particular, and originating in modern day Israel, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, even Spain. According to the KLEZMATICS, a Grammy award winning “Jewish Roots band” the music is spirited, engaging and robust. And you can dance to it! Traditional instruments include the piano, flute, brass, clarinet, cello, violin, guitar, and drum.
KLEZMER music/ and dance currently have a world-wide revival.

The lady on the left is Gaby Sappington, Exec.Dir., WORLD MUSIC FOUNDATION
Next to her is Susi and then Peter Reshevsky, Exec.Dir., Center for TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE and far right is Michael

Peter Rushevsky

Executive Director of the CENTER for TRADTIONAL MUSIC and DANCE

Peter is Executive Director of the CENTER for TRADTIONAL MUSIC and DANCE (www.ctmd.org), the leading institution for maintaining, and presenting traditional art forms in music and dance of the people living in New York City particularly from the point of its immigrant populations, since 1968. A co-founder of the annual Yiddish New York Festival (www.yiddishnewyork.com) Peter is also an internationally acclaimed performer of Klezmer music with the Klezmer Conservatory Band. CTMD is based in new York City. Two of his most rewarding programs have been the annual New York World Festival presented at Centarl Park’s Summer Stage and the Our Heriage Sunday Festival performed each August at the Lincoln Center Out-of Doors stage in Demorasch Park.

Gaby Sappington


Gaby is by training an academic. By profession, however, she’s a rising star in the field of music and dance. She has served in various executive capacities with BMG and Sony Music for over three decades. In 2015 she was appointed Executive Director of the World Music Institute, a leading organization designed to promote the artistic values of major performers in music and dance from around the world in New York City. In 2018 WMI has scheduled 41 productions with performers from 28 countries and from over five continents. Some of the venues include NYC’s Town Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Storm King Art Center, Skirball Center, the Apollo Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the David Rubensteuin Atrium at Lincoln Center.

For more on WMI visit worldmusicinstitute.org.

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