The Yiddish Book Center's fortieth anniversary in 2020 also marks the fortieth anniversary of the Klezmer Conservatory Band (KCB), an internationally renowned Yiddish and klezmer music ensemble. Two of the major players in the flourishing international Yiddish cultural resurgence, the KCB and the Center have been celebrating together throughout the histories of both organizations, beginning with the band’s appearance at the Center’s milestone events in Amherst as early as 1981 and continuing more recently with their performances as perennial headliners at the Center’s Yidstock Festival of New Yiddish Music. This special, ninety-minute retrospective from the Yiddish Book Center celebrates the history of the KCB.
The broadcast, hosted by Kenny Turan, film critic for the LA Times and NPR, will feature KCB founder and director and former Center vice-president for education, Dr. Hankus Netsky, in conversation with Aaron Lansky, the Center’s founder and president. It will include a historical overview of the band’s history along with exciting video concert footage from over the years, and will feature tribute greetings from well-known KCB collaborators, including Itzhak Perlman and Joel Grey.
This event is co-sponsored by KlezKanada, Golden Land Concerts & Connections, Yiddish New York, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, the American Society for Jewish Music, and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.
This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center's Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—which will allow you to submit questions—registration is required.