Hanukkah Concert Set for Dec. 9 at
St. Bonaventure's Quick Center

The Shul Band will perform a concert of klezmer music at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec., 9, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The concert is being presented by Temple B’Nai Israel of Olean.

Klezmer music originated in the middle ages in the villages and slums of Eastern Europe where itinerant Jewish troubadours, known as “klezmorim,” performed at joyful events, particularly weddings and holiday celebrations. The klezmorim, through contact with Slavonic, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Gypsy and even American jazz musicians, generated a very diversified music, easily recognizable and widely appreciated all around the world. Today it can best be described as world music.

The Shul Band is based at the historic Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts, New York City’s oldest still-standing synagogue, where it performs regularly for the Shabbath services. The band’s musical instruments include violin, guitar, mandolin, clarinet and bass.

In addition to taking part in the religious services, The Shul Band appears in concert halls and clubs around New York City, across the United States and abroad. In November of 2008, the band made its first appearance in Krakow, Poland, where klezmer music started.

The musicians of The Shul Band bring together a diverse feast of musical styles and cultural backgrounds to make for a dynamic, mesmerizing and stimulating ensemble.

“We are very happy to work together with the congregation of Temple B’Nai Israel in introducing the sounds of klezmer to the communities of Olean and St. Bonaventure in a joyful concert to celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah,” said Ludwig Brunner, director of programming at The Quick Center.

Tickets for the concert are $20 at full price, $16 for St. Bonaventure staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.

For this and all other performances, the museum galleries will open one hour before the start of the performance and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.

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