“From the Shtetl to Broadway,” Jewish music from the old world to the new, will be presented at Temple Beth El of Oneonta, 83 Chestnut St., Oneonta, on Sunday, May 7, at 4 pm. The family-friendly, community event is free and open to the public. From the Eastern European klezmer folk tradition to swing standards and Broadway favorites, the concert will explore the arc of immigrant music to that of established composers such as George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, and conclude with a Yiddish sing-along. For more information, call 222-5687.
Robin Seletsky, a second-generation klezmer clarinetist who has appeared in venues around the country as well as internationally, will open the program with freylekhs and nigunim. The award-winning Siesel/Torgan Duo will contribute several original songs from their project, “Now We Can Sing,” which was inspired by the emigration of Jewish composers from Nazi Germany to America. Vocalists Colby Thomas and Stan Fox will perform swing standards accompanied by a jazz trio and Andy Puritz will offer his version of Fagin’s showstopper, “Reviewing the Situation,” from “Oliver.” Other performers include Michael Bauer and Linda Klosset.
The event is made possible with public funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York Legislature, and administered by The Earlville Opera House.