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Mar 5 - Mar 12


Klezmer Company Orchestra

Mar 5 - 12 , 2016
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  • Florida Atlantic University
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Welcome to Kultur Festival 2016, the only festival of its kind in South Florida.  This year marks the eighth annual celebration of Jewish culture and includes eight days of concerts, film, author presentations, humor, and a lecture.  The festival showcases Florida Atlantic University Libraries’ Special collections through the talents of guest artists, distinguished scholars and critically-acclaimed musicians, including the Klezmer Company Orchestra- the library’s professional ensemble-in-residence. Music Director Aaron Kula will lead a “crossover concert” conducting the festival’s main event, Bernstein’s Jeremiah + KlezmerJazz with a 60 piece symphony orchestra and a 14 KlezmerJazz band.  Join us for a week of cultural and artistic surprises that will energize your SOUL!

The festival takes place on FAU’s Boca Raton campus at two venues: the Wimberly Library and the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium.   

Festival Lead Sponsor The Jewish Cultural Society

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DAY 1 - Film


Saturday Night at the Movies “Arranged” 

Saturday, March 5 7:30 PM 

Wimberly Library, 5th Floor

While teaching at a public school in Brooklyn, Rochel (an Orthodox Jew) and Nasira (a Muslim) develop a unique friendship while dealing with arranged marriages, cultural traditions, and their families. Rochel and Nasira will have to rely on each other and their friendship to pull through this difficult time of their lives, striving to be strong women in charge of their own happiness, while keeping their deep religious and cultural convictions.

Day 2 - Main Event Concert


Klezmer Company Orchestra  Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony + KlezmerJAZZ

March 6 at 3:00 PM

Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium

Aaron Kula will lead two different KCO ensembles in a unique concert that features a 60 member symphony orchestra and a 14 member Klezmer Jazz band. Kula will conduct a full performance of Bernstein’s rarely heard Jeremiah Symphony with soprano Jovanca Jean-Baptiste singing the Hebrew text.  KCO’s Klezmer jazz ensemble will also perform selections from their newly released CD JubanoJazz and works by the winners of the 2016 Composition Competition.   

This year mark’s KCO’s 19th season at FAU under the direction of conductor/accordionist Aaron Kula with works selected from FAU Libraries’ Jewish Print Music Collection.   

DAY 3  - Concert 


Jewish Roots & Turkish Blues with Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu

Monday, March 7 at 7:30 PM

Wimberly Library- 5th Floor

Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu perform an innovative program of music rooted in the Ottoman and Jewish traditions brimming with hard-rock sensibilities and dexterous improvisational know-how. It is replete with fleet-fingered oud playing, fiery harmonica brilliance all powered by their rhythm section's incomparable Balkan flair. In 2014 they were nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award.

DAY 4  - Comedy


Laugh Your Tuchas Off with Avi Libermann

Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 PM

Wimberly Library- 5th Floor

Actor and comedian Avi Liberman's quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York, appearing on CBS, NBC, E! and AMC. Born in Israel, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices with worldwide expertise from the Jewish perspective.

DAY 5 - Lecture 


Yiddish, Blues, Blacks & Jews

Wednesday, March 9 at 2:00 PM

Wimberly Library- 5th Floor

Aaron Kula will present this unique multi-media presentation on the secret musical relationship between Blacks & Jews beginning with the Harlem Renaissance era in 1920 through the 1960s. Blacks and Jews collaborated as songwriters, performers, and managers. Together they created some of the most important and memorable songs in American music history. Q & A to follow.

DAY 6 - Vocal Recital


Yiddish Opera and Chazzanut with Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 PM

Wimberly Library- 5th Floor

San Francisco opera singer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell specializes in the music of Sidor Belarsky, a prolific twentieth century performer of Chazzanut, Chassidic Nigunim and Yiddish song. Russell has performed extensively throughout the US and Canada. This program features “soulful” music that remembers tradition and hopes for a redemptive future.

"A terrific voice!"


DAY 7 - Lecture 


Joe Papp’s Yiddish Awakening: Tales of Hoffman with Miriam Hoffman

Friday, March 11 at 2:00 PM

Wimberly Library- 5th Floor

Join renowned Columbia University Yiddish expert Miriam Hoffman Ph.D., to hear tales from the Yiddish Theatre. During her seven years with Joseph Papp, he included her in his annual benefit for the Yivo Institute. Papp put this together with Broadway and Hollywood stars where one of them had to sing a Broadway song in Yiddish.  

DAY 8 - Concert  


Jewish Melodies in Jazztime- Brian Potts Vibraphone Quartet

Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 PM

Wimberly Library- 5th Floor

Vibraphonist Brian Potts and his jazz quartet return by popular demand to perform new arrangements of Yiddish, Israeli, Russian, Hungarian, and Chassidic melodies. Popular Jewish tunes will be reimagined in styles reminiscent of acclaimed jazz vibraphone musicians Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Gary burton.  Potts and his quartet will seamlessly blend familiar Jewish melodies with jazz and bossa nova to create a unique musical experience.  


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