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The Klezmatics, Grammy-winning superstars of klezmer, debut at Orchestra Hall, October 8

New York-based sextet brings the expressive and danceable sounds of klezmer to Orchestra Hall


The Klezmatics, the Grammy Award-winning superstars of the klezmer world, bring the infectious sound of klezmer music to Orchestra Hall for one night only on Thursday, October 8.  Descended from the centuries-old Jewish cantillation of the Middle East, klezmer music began in the Yiddish-speaking world of Eastern Europe, where it became a fixture in Jewish culture—and, thanks to masters like the Klezmatics, it is very much alive today.  This sextet from New York City is dedicated to keeping klezmer music vital and spreading its expressive, danceable sound around the globe.

The concert is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, October 8, at 8 p.m. [Editor’s Note: The date has changed from October 9, 2015 to October 8, 2015], with tickets priced from $30 to $50.  Tickets are available at and by phone at
612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.  [Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.] 

The Klezmatics

The Klezmatics originated in New York City’s East Village in 1986.  Since then they have earned global renown and revitalized klezmer with music steeped in the Eastern European Jewish tradition and in spirituality—while also incorporating such contemporary themes as human rights along with eclectic musical influences, from Arab and African to Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk.  They have released nine albums, including Live at Town Hall and two discs that meld klezmer music with lyrics or other material by Woody Guthrie: Wonder Wheel and Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah.  Along the way they have also collaborated with such luminaries as Arlo Guthrie, Itzhak Perlman, Allen Ginsburg, the Ben Folds Five, Israeli pop icons Chava Albertstein and Ehud Banay, the Master Musicians of Jajouka and kosher gospel singer Joshua Nelson.

The Klezmatics’ work extends to many theater, film, dance and television projects, including Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner’s A Dybbuk and It’s An Undoing World, and Pilobolus Dance Theatre’s Davenen.  They have reached millions more through performances and features on programs such as CBS’s Late Night with David Letterman, PBS’ Great Performances, BBC’s Rhythms of the World and NPR programs including Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and at events performed in storied venues around the globe.  They have often topped Billboard Magazine’s world music charts, as well as the European World Music Chart.  Among their awards are a 2006 Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music, for Wonder Wheel; a New York Jewish Music Award for Best Klezmer Band, also in 2006; a GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian American Music Award) and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Critics Award), which they have won twice.  For more information, visit the ensemble’s website,


Live at Orchestra Hall

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 8 p.m. [Please note date change]/ Orchestra Hall 

Matt Darriau, kaval, clarinet and saxophone
Deborah Strauss
, violin and vocals
Frank London, trumpet and keyboards
Paul Morrissett, bass and tsimbl
Lorin Sklamberg, lead vocals, accordion, guitar and piano
Richie Barshay, percussion

 The program for this concert will be announced from the stage.

 [Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.]

 Tickets: $30-$50


Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

Published prices include a non-discountable facility fee of $5 per ticket. For single ticket purchases, there are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $6 service charge per transaction for all phone, fax or mail orders. Save $1 by purchasing tickets online or by having the Orchestra e-mail your tickets. (This charge is waived for subscribers and group purchasers ordering by phone, mail or in person.) Subscription packages are subject to a one-time $8 processing fee. No refunds. Some fees and restrictions may apply to ticket exchanges. All sales are final.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2015-16 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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