New Klezmer Quintet Benefit Concert                 

  Mishkan Torah


Proudly presents 

The Internationally Renowned Band


The New Klezmer Quintet


The Ways and Means Committee is thrilled to announce that the New Klezmer Quintet has generously agreed to perform a fundraiser for Mishkan Torah invitation to perform a special Fundraiser at Mishkan Torah on Saturday night, October 22, 2011 at 7:30 PM. 

The New Klezmer Quintet utilizes the vocabulary of traditional klezmer and fuses it with disparate styles such as blue grass, middle eastern, and even classic rock to meld its own unique “Fusion Klezmer” style.  Here are some soundclips of the band’s recordings. 

The New Klezmer Quintet is no ordinary band.  The group played for President Obama's Inaugural in 2009 and has performed for notables including Governor Martin O'Malley, then Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi and the President Of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev. The band has also performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in DC.  The band has recorded a live album entitled “The New Klezmer Quintet-Unexpected Joy” which includes an energetic mix of klezmer, Ladino, swing, and jazz. Tracks from the album have been placed on rotation on many radio stations and have been simulcast on National Public Radio.

This performance marks the band’s first appearance at Mishkan Torah since its now-legendary appearance before an enthusiastic and sold-out house in the spring of 2007.  The band's founding member is drummer Brian Choper, son of Jordan and Eva, both longstanding members of the synagogue.   Fabled violinist Alan Oresky, the son of beloved late members Seymour and Estelle Oresky and the brother of Saul Oresky, will also perform. Another famed musician, Bruce Middle from the band “Fleetwood Mac” will be playing with the band as well.

Each performance of the New Klezmer Quintet is a separate and new experience from previous concerts, tailored to the occasion of the show. This gala concert at Mishkan Torah on October 22 will be no exception, and will include new compositions written by the band, some to include Rock and Middle Eastern influences