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Classical to Klezmer ~ A Massivemuse at Monument
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Classical to Klezmer ~ A Massivemuse at Monument

SoMa, SF

Fri, October 13, 2023 7:30 PM, PDT

Pay the musicians
19 of 75 spots still available
Drinking policy
Don't bring your own drinks
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for sale
Wheelchair access
Wheelchair Accessible
Kid-friendly event

This is a Groupmuse Massivemuse

Epic performances in unexpected spaces.


Irene Z.
Kyle S. (he/him) Co-host

⭐️ Monument is a cozy and inclusive co-living and co-working space that hosts art, dance, and music projects throughout the year. In all our years of hosting Groupmuse concert, we haven't ever had anything quite like this before!

🎻 Violinist Alicia Choi, clarinetist James Pytko, and pianist Ian Scarfe will present a CLASSICAL TO KLEZMER program, with a variety of musical works that bridge the gap between Eastern European folk music traditions and "classical" concert music.

🪑 Monument has an array of beanbags, pillows and fluffy couches, and chairs of all sizes to make sure that audience members of all ages, shapes, and sizes will find a comfortable seat.

🍺 We will have a cash bar with beers, wines, and cocktails for our 21+ friends!

💜 Want to volunteer? We are looking for a couple folks to arrive between 6 and 6:30pm to help set up seating, and to be generally helpful for this event. Send Ian a direct message if you want to volunteer for this event! (You'll get in for free, obv!) https://www.groupmuse.com/conversations/new?users=6948

What's the music?

Alicia Choi Violin
James Pytko Clarinet

Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dances (arr. for violin/piano)
Béla Bartók - Contrasts (for clarinet, violin, piano)
Srul Irving Glick - The Klezmer's Wedding

Where does this music come from?

Eastern Europe has always been fertile ground for lively and soulful folk music styles. One of the great, so-called-conservative, so-called-classical masters Johannes Brahms made his first big paycheck by publishing two books of so-called "Hungarian Dances", where he freely borrowed this folk music style. It proved so popular that his friend, the famed violinist Joseph Joachim, quickly made arrangements for violin so they could play together!

Bela Bartok's music is steeped in Eastern European traditional music, so it's no surprise that was where he started when he was approached to write a new trio for violin, clarinet, and piano. Surely you are wondering which clarinetist of the 1930s would dare to ask Bartok himself for new music? None other than the great king of swing himself, Benny Goodman!
The clarinet and the violin are both important parts to folk music of many kinds, especially the style of Central European Ashkenazy Jewish instrumental music that we call "Klezmer". It's wild dances and frenetic improvisations are most often heard in celebrations, so it's fitting that this work is called "The Klezmer's Wedding"

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