Klezmer concert at Cornell U. on Nov. 17

Veretski Pass, in collaboration with Joel Rubin, will present “The Magid Chronicles,” an instrumental collection based on pieces collected by Sofia Magid, the Jewish ethnographer who worked to document Jewish music in Belarus and Ukraine during Stalin’s regime in the 1920s and ‘30s. The concert will take place on Sunday, November 17, at 7:30 pm, in the Anabel Taylor Hall Auditorium (230 Anabel Taylor Hall), at Cornell University, and is open to the public. The suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away.
Magid’s 600 recordings contain rare examples of women’s songs and instrumental pieces from these regions. In addition to the instrumentals and songs collected by Magid, the concert will include music collected by Magid’s Kiev counterpart, Moyshe Beregovski, among others, and music from Turkey, Greece and Rumania. “The event will combine the archival with the creative impulse to achieve something new, with new compositions, arrangements and improvisations by the members of the trio and Joel Rubin,” said organizers of the event. “Sometimes raucous, sometimes meditative, this new program is a true melding of past, present and future.”
Rubin, a scholar of Ashkenazi Jewish klezmer music and a klezmer clarinetist, has performed throughout Europe, North America and Asia since the 1980s, including appearances at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall. Rubin also holds the distinction of having founded the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble in 2003.
The members of Veretski Pass are Cookie Segelstein (violin, viola), Josh Horowitz (accordion, cimbalom, piano) and Stu Brotman (bass, basy-cello, tilinca-shepherds’ flute and baraban-bass drum). The trio specializes in Old-World klezmer music of the Carpathians, where the musical traditions of the Jewish Klezmorim met with those of Rumania, Ottoman Turkey, Magyar Hungary, Ukraine and other peoples.