Klezmer is often referred to as "world music with a Jewish slant," but its similarities to polka, classical and jazz -- plus its ability to evoke a wide range of emotions -- make it a fascinating genre all its own. From joyful songs of celebration to woeful wails of suffering, klezmer music tells stories of the Jewish people, and no contemporary composer and performer is as well-versed in its many nuances as David Orlowsky. A talented clarinetist known for masterfully expanding the klezmer folk tradition, Orlowsky brings a full arsenal of carefully crafted works he describes as "world chamber music." In The Soul of Klezmer, now presented at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, you'll be taken on a musical journey from the Jewish villages in Eastern Europe to the buzzing klezmer madness of New York City to present-day klezmer music performed by Orlowsky and his trio.
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