Hailing from Boston, The Klezmer Conservatory
Band gave its annual Chanukah concert in Atlanta a few weeks
after Chanukah was over. Oyf tsleuchis. Nonetheless, diehard
Klezmer fans and much of the older Jewish community came out
to celebrate their Yiddishkayt. And wouldnít you know there
were even a few goyim in the audience! I wonít tell you the
whole megillah, but let me give you the highlights.
Having received my tickets to the show as a gift, I didnít
know what to expect at this show. However, I quickly learned
that The Klezmer Conservatory Band is both a musical group and
an educational enterprise. Throughout the show, the players
would explain the histories and stories of the songs for the
shmendriks among us (myself included) because most of the songs
were in mame-loshin. The older folks in the audience were having
a wonderful time singing along and tapping their feet. It was
balagan! At one point, the singer even led the audience in dancing
circles around the main orchestra. (I am too much of a schlemiel
The music was very high quality, and the spirit was infectious.
The musicians were incredibly talented, and the singer was quite
the badhkin. In fact, the only thing I can kvetch about is that
they were a little too polished. I bought one of their CDs,
Oy Chanukah, and it was too much like the concert.
Fun for the holiday, but canned nonetheless.
I would highly recommend this annual cultural event to anyone
who enjoys good, clean fun with people of different age groups
and backgrounds. Youíd be meshuganah if you didnít have a fantastic
time. And it would be a real mitzvah to bring your zayde, too!
I havenít had this much fun since I last saw Mazel Tov Cocktail.
(Whatever happened to them anyway?) I hope you enjoyed this
little review. If you didnít, kush meer in toches! And if youíve
followed anything herein, mazel tov! Youíre a real mensch!