[Mendele] MENDELE Personal Notices and Announcements--KlezKamp Road Show in Madison April 18-20
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute
5542 Mosse Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street Madison, WI 53706 www.arts.wisc.edu
CONTACT: Kate Hewson, (608) 263-9290, kahewson at wisc.edu
KlezKamp Road Show
April 18, 19 & 20, 2009
University of Wisconsin-Madison. Free and open to the public.
MADISON- University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute Spring 2009
Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence Henry Sapoznik presents KlezKamp
Road Show, a three-day version of Sapoznik's renowned annual klezmer music
and Yiddish folk art festival. A pioneering scholar and performer, Henry
Sapoznik is credited with the late 20th century revival of klezmer.
KlezKamp Road Show, scheduled for Saturday April 18 through Monday April
20, will take place on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and in
the community at Madison's Beth Israel Center and Temple Beth El. Hosted
by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and the UW-Madison Arts
Institute, KlezKamp features two concerts with locally and nationally
recognized artists, including Grammy-nominated pianist and producer Ben
Sidran and best-selling author of "Born to Kvetch," Michael Wex; a Yiddish
dance party accompanied by the acclaimed KlezKamp Roadshow Orkester; a
screening of the silent film "His People" (1925) with live piano score by
celebrated pianist Marilyn Lerner; and workshops and presentations on
klezmer and Yiddish folk arts.
The action-packed event begins Saturday at 7:00pm in Morphy Hall
(Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street), with "ROOTS," a concert
celebrating the local and international continuity of old time Yiddish
folk and popular culture. The performance features author and comedian
Michael Wex and the KlezKamp Roadshow Orkester, a "Who's Who" of the
world's great klezmer players: Aaron Alexander (drum), Daniel Blacksberg
(trombone), Josh Horowitz (accordion), Susan Leviton (vocals), Sherry
Mayrent (clarinet), Mark Rubin (tuba/string bass), Henry Sapoznik (tenor
guitar, vocals), Cookie Segelstein (fiddle), Michael Winograd (clarinet).
Local artists Yid Vicious and the Madison Yiddish Choir open the show.
Sunday and Monday provide intensive workshops and presentations dedicated
to traditional Yiddish folk arts including music, crafts, visual arts,
Yiddish language, folksongs, a listener's guide to the Klezmer ensemble,
old time dances and much more. Guest presenters include singer and artist
Susan Leviton, internationally recognized Yiddish dance teacher Steve
Weintraub, author Michael Wex, and visiting scholar and KlezKamp founder
Henry Sapoznik. (Full schedule at
is limited; participants must register at
www.conneyproject.wisc.edu/klezkamp-registration/ or by calling or (608)
Sunday's events continue at 6:00pm with a screening of silent film "His
People" (directed by D. Eddie Sloman, 1925) at 4070 Vilas Hall (821
University Avenue). A new piano score by celebrated pianist Marilyn Lerner
further enhances this illuminating and moving feature film of early 19th
century Jewish life on New York's Lower East Side. The evening tops off at
8:00pm with the KlezKamp Roadshow Dance Party, featuring Steve Weintraub
and the KlezKamp Roadshow Orkester, at Beth Israel Center (1406 Mound
KlezKamp concludes at 7:00pm on Monday with a closing concert entitled
"BRANCHES" at Morphy Hall (Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street) with
performances by pianists Ben Sidran and Marilyn Lerner.
Henry Sapoznik is sponsored by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish
Studies and its Conney Project on Jewish Arts, and co-sponsored by the
School of Music, the Folklore Program, and the Department of Theatre and
Drama. See detailed event schedule and guest artist biographies attached.
For more information on the Sapoznik residency please see
KlezKamp Road Show Event Information
All events are free and open to the public. Schedule subject to change.
Saturday, April 18
Opening Concert: ROOTS
7pm | Morphy Hall, Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street
Celebrating the local and international continuity of old time Yiddish
folk and popular culture, featuring the KlezKamp Road Show Orkester,
bestselling author of "Born to Kvetch" Michael Wex, and local artists Yid
Vicious and the Madison Yiddish Choir.
Sunday, April 19
Silent Film Showing "His People" (1925) dir. D. Eddie Sloman
6pm | 4070 Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue | presented by Cinematheque
A silent feature film portraying Jewish life on New York's Lower East
Side, accompanied by a live piano score by Marilyn Lerner. Introduction by
KlezKamp Roadshow Dance Party
8pm | Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound Street
Internationally acclaimed instructor Steve Weintraub leads traditional
Yiddish dances, with live music accompaniment by the KlezKamp Roadshow
Monday, April 20th
Closing Concert: BRANCHES
7pm | Morphy Hall, Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street
Pianists Ben Sidran and Marilyn Lerner exemplify the post-War generations
who approached Jewish music filtered through their earlier explorations of
KlezKamp Road Show Guest Artist Biographies
Henry Sapoznik is an award winning author, record and radio producer, and
performer of traditional Yiddish and American music. A pioneering scholar
and performer of klezmer music, Sapoznik is often credited with the late
20th century revival of klezmer. He founded both the Max and Frieda
Weinstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the YIVO Institute for Jewish
Research (1982) and KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program (1985). He is
the recipient of the Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
(2002) for the 10 part series "The Yiddish Radio project" and the 2000
ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Scholarship for his book
"Klezmer! Jewish Music from Old World to Our World". His CD anthologies
"You Ain't Talkin' To Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music"
(2005), "People Take Warning! Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs 1913-1938"
(2008), and "Ernest Stoneman: The Unsung Father of Country Music" (2009)
were nominated for multiple Grammy awards.
Although best known in some circles for writing Steve Miller's hit song
"Space Cowboy", Ben Sidran is more widely recognized as the host of
National Public Radio's landmark jazz series "Jazz Alive", which received
a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television's "New Visions"
series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. A pianist,
producer, singer, and composer, he has recorded twenty five solo albums,
including the Grammy nominated "Concert for Garcia Lorca," and has
produced recordings for such noted artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross,
Mose Allison, and Jon Hendricks. He composed the soundtrack for the
acclaimed film "Hoop Dreams", and scored the documentary "Vietnam: Long
Time Coming", which won both the Aspen Film Festival audience award and an
Emmy. He is the author of two books on the subject of jazz, "Black Talk,"
a cultural history of the music, and "Talking Jazz," a series of
conversations with well known musicians.
Author of Born to Kvetch and Just Say Nu and an overnight sensation at 52,
Michael Wex has been teaching at KlezKamp longer than anyone cares to
remember. Novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer and authority on
language and literature, Wex has been called "a Yiddish National Treasure"
and "the finest translator around."
Jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs internationally, from her
native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine.
Lerner's work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer,
and 20th century classical music. She composes for film, theatre, radio,
and television. Marilyn has just released her 10th recording, "Romanian
Fantasy," a solo CD of improvisations on traditional Eastern European
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