Klezmer Ensemblewith special guests Veretski Pass (Berkeley), performing The Magid Chronicles

112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22904


The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music will host the Berkeley-based trio Veretski Pass (violinist Cookie Segelstein, accordionist Joshua Horowitz, and bassist Stuart Brotman) in concert with the UVA Klezmer Ensemble under the direction of Joel Rubin on Thursday, November 21st at 8:00pm in Old Cabell Hall. Veretski Pass and the UVA Klezmer Ensemble perform The Magid Chronicles.

Segelstein and Horowitz’s music has won numerous awards, among them the BBC’s Critics Circle award for best CD, the Belgian Gandalf Award for Best Concert, and the Viennese Fritz Spielmann Award. Often touring in Europe, Veretski Pass has twice been chosen as ambassadors representing traditional Jewish Instrumental Music of Eastern Europe for the German World Exhibition of Klezmer History (Klezmerwelten) and have headlined the Jewish Music Festival of the University of London. They recently performed at the prestigious Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam to a sold out audience with a standing ovation, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recordings lists of journalists. Cookie’s unique violin style was featured for a Jewish wedding scene on HBO’s “Sex and the City” and Josh and Stu’s compositions provided the music for Jes Benstock's award-winning film “The Holocaust Tourist."

Now in its fourteenth year, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble has become a vital part of the musical community of Central and Northern Virginia, performing each semester in Old Cabell Hall as well as at conferences and festivals throughout the region. The ensemble is currently made up of undergraduates, grad students, and other members of the greater Central Virginia community. The group is committed to ethnic, racial, cultural and religious diversity. Current and recent members have backgrounds from the US, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, Armenia, Iran, Bangladesh, and India, with religious backgrounds ranging from Jewish to Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist.

Listen to a recent radio program on PRX, "Sounds Jewish" by Andy Muchin, about Veretski Pass: https://beta.prx.org/stories/284136

View a short clip from a recent concert of "The Magid Chronicles" at Yiddish Summer Weimar,
Vie a clip of the program "Poyln".

Tickets for the Klezmer Ensemble performance are $10 for adults, $9 for UVA faculty and staff, and $5 for students. Tickets for University of Virginia students are free if reserved in advance at the Arts Box Office www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the Central Grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

Co-sponsored by The Vice Provost for the Arts, Jewish Music Forum, Jewish Studies Program, CREEES, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, and MESALC.

All events are subject to change.