Klezmer concert in Fleischmanns July 1

Fleischmanns — Congregation Bnai Israel will host a public performance of Jewish folk music by the klezmer band, Big Galut(e) on Sunday, July 1 at 3 p.m.

The ensemble is comprised of five nationally recognized professional musicians who specialize in a variety of Jewish musical styles including Yiddish, Sephardic and Middle Eastern/Levantine.
In addition to the music their performances include stories, Yiddish jokes and humor inspired by the Yiddish Theater. The group takes its name from the Hebrew word for Diaspora as well as hinting at the unique combination of instruments including; along with the traditional clarinet, violin, bass and accordion, baroque guitar and a giant lute.

Clarinetist Robin Seletsky and violinist Sasha Margolis discovered a shared history of having grown up in musical households and having been taught traditional klezmer melodies from their respective fathers. Together they formed Big Galut(e). Robin is well known to area concert audiences having performed at Bnai Israel many times with her ensemble

The Catskill Klezmorim, concerts that filled the sanctuary to capacity and inspired spontaneous singing, clapping and dancing.

Other members include accordionist Mark Rubenstein from Cincinnati, Ohio, bassist Rich Sosinsky from New York City and guitar/lutenist Michael Leopold from Milan, Italy.
All are members of the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown. They have appeared on concert series and on college campuses, most recently at Oberlin College.
Built in 1920 Bnai Israel is a historic synagogue on Wagner Avenue in Fleischmanns, handicapped accessible, with particularly beautiful acoustics.
The concert is supported in part by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization program administered by the Roxbury Arts Group.
Tickets are $10 for adults, children under 12 free. For information call 254-4653.