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Re: Klezical Tradition in Springfield, MA April 19

I am saddened to report that all of you (with perhaps an exception or two) 
missed one of the greatst Klezmer concerts of the season last night: the 
Klezical Tradition playing in Springfield, Mass. My wife and my mother and 
I all made the trek from Boston to hear them, and they were fantastic! The 
audience, alas, was much too small, but very appreciative. Adrianne is 
surely the world's greatest living klezmer flutist, and she could even 
persuade some of you clarinet freaks that the flute really belongs in 
klezmer music. She also plays a mean keyboard (a classical 19th-century 
Roland?) and, like all the band members, knows how to support the others. 
Fraidy is a wonderful Yiddish singer, Walter is a superb Klezmer 
clarinetist, Beth did a great job called in at the very last moment (while 
their usual fiddler, Cookie, is gallivanting around eastern Europe), and 
Roy was very solid. They play very much in the "old" (early twentieth 
century) style, even with new "old" pieces, and they play with enormous 
energy and spirit: they did have people dancing in the aisles!

Disclaimer: I am not on the payroll of The Klezical Tradition; I did have 
one class with Adrianne at the most recent KlezKamp, which is how I knew 
they would be good; and no animals were harmed in the making of this review.

Eric M.

At 01:07 AM 4/13/2004, you wrote:
>As part of the Western New England College Holocaust series of 
>presentations, TKT will perform a concert for their final event on April 
>19, 7:30 PM. Western New England College, Springfield, MA, Sleith Hall, 
>100. Full length, concert featuring Fraidy Katz, vocalist, Walter Mamlok, 
>clarinetist, guest fiddler Beth Cohen, Adrianne Greenbaum, wood flutes and 
>keyboard, guest bassist Roy Weisman.
>See yas!

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