Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer

28 Oct 2018
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3608 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Susan Lankin-Watts in concert. Photo by James Wasserman.

Philadelphia Folklore Project’s Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer presents a one-night-only, world-premiere concert of new compositions, written and performed by three generations of women who bring contemporary meaning to klezmer, a traditional, Eastern European, Jewish folk music form. Led by Susan Lankin-Watts, a 2015 Pew Fellow, the project brings together violinists Cookie Segelstein, Deborah Strauss, and Alicia Svigals; pianist Marilyn Lerner; clarinetists Zoe Christiansen and Ilene Stahl; trombonist Rachel Lemisch; accordionist Lauren Brody; flute player Adrianne Greenbaum; bassist Joanna Sternberg; and percussionist Lorie Wolf. Each artist’s work brings a distinct approach to innovating within the recognizable framework of the centuries-old genre—connecting folk elements of Baroque music to klezmer, integrating Northern Bulgarian music, or using texts that reflect on female experience.

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