- $19 for one ticket to Live from the Gallery: The Klezmatics Play Letters to Afar (up to $35 value)
- When: Monday, January 12, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Museum of the City of New York
- General admission
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
For his latest video installation, Hungarian artist Péter Forgács started with some haunting material: home movies filmed by Jewish immigrants to New York as they returned to visit Poland in the 1920s and 1930s. To score the immersive work, it was only natural that he should turn to New York group The Klezmatics, who have been melding klezmer music—originally played by small bands of traveling Eastern European Jews—with American-grown genres such as jazz, rock, and gospel since 1986. (They’ve also picked up a Grammy along the way.)
For one evening only, museum-goers get a chance to lose themselves even deeper in the otherworldly images and sounds as the band performs an acoustic take on the score, along with other pieces relevant to the time period. Music in Letters to Afar is performed by Lorin Sklamberg (lead vocals, accordion, guitar, piano), Frank London (trumpet, keyboards, vocals), Paul Morrissett (bass, tsimbl, vocals), Matt Darriau (kaval, clarinet, saxophone, vocals), Lisa Gutkin (violin, vocals), and Richie Barshay (percussion)—along with special guest John Mettam (percussion). If you want to catch every note, you’ll need to stay on your toes: they’ll perform all through the installation, wandering much as old-style klezmer bands once wandered their villages’ art galleries.
Co-presented with YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
Museum of the City of New York
Located along the Museum Mile section of Fifth Avenue, the Museum of the City of New York chronicles local culture through an array of exhibitions, interactive programs, publications, and other media. Founded in 1923 and housed in a landmark building, the nonprofit museum hosts temporary exhibitions to complement extensive permanent collections. Hallways and gallery spaces invite guests inside to study historic maps, photographs of life and architecture, and artwork, as well as vintage displays gathering toys, fashion, and furniture—providing more insight into the city's rich character than the diary of Al Pacino. Docents and visiting artists aim to highlight the city's diversity and heritage through public programs and events, such as gallery tours and performances as well as symposiums and panels. A gift shop allows visitors to bring home a taste of the Big Apple via city-spirited books, clothing, posters, music, films, and handmade goods.