Klezmer group Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi will perform in Syracuse on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11 at Temple Adath Yeshurun. (submitted photo)
Temple Adath Yeshurun and the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of DeWitt are pleased to bring klezmer group Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi to Syracuse on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11 at Temple Adath Yeshurun.
Saturday there will be a free cabaret-style concert, suitable for all ages, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Adath Yeshurun Ballroom. Preceding the concert at 7:15 p.m. the JCC will be providing desserts for those in attendance. The concert is being underwritten by the Steven Zeitlin Fund which supports musical programs at TAY.
On Sunday Yale Strom will give a free multimedia presentation at 10:30 a.m. in TAY’s Muriel & Avron Spector Library. The presentation, entitled “A Tree Still Stands: Jewish Life in Eastern Europe Today,” is funded by the Abraham and Anita Altman Adult Education Fund.
Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi is a unique klezmer/Roma ensemble featuring Elizabeth Schwartz on vocals, David Licht on percussion, Norbert Stachel on reeds, Peter Stan on accordion, Sprocket on contrabass and Yale Strom. Strom—a violinist, composer, filmmaker, writer, photographer, ethnographer and playwrite—is a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Roma communities. While doing research in Eastern Europe, among the Jewish and Roma musicians, Strom collected many of the tunes the ensemble performs and lived with these people, which comes through Hot Pstromi’s repertoire.
“We are thrilled that in conjunction with the Sam Pomeranz JCC we are bringing Yale Strom and his ensemble Hot Pstromi to the Syracuse community,” said Barbara S. Simon, executive director of Temple Adath Yeshurun. “The idea for the concert began a couple years ago when Rabbi Drazen, z”l had a bit of a family reunion with Strom at a White House Hanukkah party, to which they’d both been invited. Drazen and Strom are cousins. We are pleased that through this connection we’re able to bring a musician of Strom’s reputation to Central New York.”
The concert on Saturday evening and presentation on Sunday morning will be hosted at Temple Adath Yeshurun at 450 Kimber Road in Syracuse. These programs are open to the community, and while there is no charge to attend, reservations are requested. To register, please visit Adath.org, call 315-445-0002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican and Eagle Bulletin newspapers.