Temple Beth-El to host group on Nov. 16

Temple Beth-El of Ithaca will host a lecture and demonstration about klezmer music on Saturday, November 16, at 7 pm. The event will feature an inside, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the klezmer music CD “The Magid Chronicles” by Veretski Pass, in collaboration with Joel Rubin. It will take place at the synagogue, which is located on the corner of Court and Tioga streets, Ithaca. Entry will be on Tioga Street at the top of the ramp. A suggested donation of $10 requested, but no one will be turned away. Refreshments will be served.
The lecture will detail project development based on the field work of Sofia Magid, the Jewish ethnographer who worked intensively documenting Jewish music in Belarus and Ukraine during Stalin’s regime in the 1920s and ‘30s. Magid’s recordings contain rare examples of women’s songs and instrumental pieces from these regions, which form the nucleus of the lecture.
Pass and Rubin will talk to the audience about the process of cleaning, deciphering and transcribing the dubs of the cylinders and then arranging, performing and recording them. The lecture will present the material on the original cylinders, and invites the audience to experience how they were interpreted from fragments, and how the musicians shaped them so that they could be recorded and performed.
The musicians will also offer free klezmer workshops on Friday-Sunday, November 15-17. Contact Rima Grunes for further information at 272-4424.