Yidstock 2017: July 13-16

Live at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts

Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music brings the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Concerts featuring Eleanor Reissa & Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars, the Andy Statman Trio, Alicia Svigals and Lauren Brody Duo, the Hankus Netsky and Eden MacAdam-Somer Duo, Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, plus Frank London’s multimedia performance A Night at the Old Marketplace, based on the groundbreaking 1907 play of the same name by I.L. Peretz.  

The four-day festival also includes workshops, talks, tours, and more.

Purchase a concert pass, or purchase tickets to individual events using the links below.

CONCERT SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 13
8 - 9:30 p.m. | CONCERT - Eleanor Reissa & Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars 
The Joan A. Backman Memorial Concert
The soulful and inimitable vocalist Eleanor Reissa—known as the queen of Yiddish cabaret—and trumpeter-composer Frank London—the mystical high priest of New Wave avant-klez jazz —have been inspiring each other for more than a decade.
MEMBERS | $45          GENERAL ADMISSION | $50

Friday, July 14
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. | CONCERT - Hankus Netsky and Eden MacAdam-Somer Duo
The Bernard and Reva Broder Memorial Concert
Hankus Netsky, multi-instrumentalist and composer, along with violinist and vocalist Eden MacAdam-Somer present an afternoon of Yiddish and Hassidic song and klezmer dance tunes. Hankus is a pioneer of the klezmer revival and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, of which violinist and vocalist Eden is a member.
MEMBERS | $30          GENERAL ADMISSION | $36

5:30 - 6:45 p.m. | CONCERT - Nigunim Trio 
Lorin Sklamberg and Frank London, cofounders of the Klezmatics, and keyboardist Rob Schwimmer perform original and traditional nigunim and zmiros—songs of devotion and praise, spiritual Hassidic-Jewish chants whose purpose is to induce a state of piety and ecstasy in both performer and listener. 
MEMBERS | $30          GENERAL ADMISSION | $36

Saturday, July 15
8 - 9:30 p.m. | FOLK ORATORIO - Frank London's A Night in the Old Marketplace
This modern retelling of I.L. Peretz's 1907 play Bay nakht afn altn mark is a mad mash-up of psychedelic klezmer, Kurt Weill, and folk tunes from the Old Country gone electric. This multimedia concert features an all-star cast of singers and musicians, including Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg, with Seth Rogovoy as special guest narrator.
MEMBERS | $45          GENERAL ADMISSION | $50

Sunday, July 16 
12 - 1:15 p.m. | CONCERT - Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band
The unique style of Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band, forged in the subway stations and farmers markets of Boston, brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance, with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. 
MEMBERS | $30          GENERAL ADMISSION | $36

3 - 4:15 p.m. | CONCERT - Alicia Svigals and Lauren Brody Duo
The Helen & Irving Sunshine Memorial Concert
Alicia Svigals, the world's greatest klezmer violinist, and accordion wizard Lauren Brody join forces in an electrifying concert of traditional Yiddish folk songs and klezmer tunes drawing upon an equally deep repertoire of Eastern European-derived melodies delivered in poignant, contemporary fashion.
MEMBERS | $30          GENERAL ADMISSION | $36

7:30 - 9 p.m. | CONCERT - Andy Statman Trio
National Heritage fellow and Grammy nominee Andy Statman, who learned the sonorities of the music of the Old World shtetls firsthand from immigrant-era musician Dave Tarras, performs a singular, contemporary fusion of Jewish, jazz, and Americana styles with his longtime musical partners, bassist Jim Whitney and drummer Larry Eagle.
MEMBERS | $30          GENERAL ADMISSION | $36

WORKSHOP & TALK SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 13
2 - 3 p.m. | TALK - The Essential Klezmer, with Seth Rogovoy
MEMBERS | $8     GENERAL ADMISSION | $10

4 - 5 p.m. | TALK - The Music of the Hassidim, with Hankus Netsky
MEMBERS | $8     GENERAL ADMISSION | $10

Friday, July 14
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | WORKSHOP - Nigunim, with Hankus Netsky
MEMBERS | $10     GENERAL ADMISSION | $12

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | WORKSHOP - Yiddish Dance 101: How to Dance to Klezmer Music, with Steve Weintraub
MEMBERS | $8     GENERAL ADMISSION | $10

1 - 2 p.m. | Eleanor Reissa: The Last Survivor, a dramatic reading and discussion
Made possible by the Stanley R. Epstein Fund at the Yiddish Book Center.
MEMBERS | $8     GENERAL ADMISSION | $10

Saturday, July 15
*10 - 11:30 a.m. | WORKSHOP - Build-a-Sher Yiddish Dance Workshop, with Steve Weintraub
MEMBERS | $8     GENERAL ADMISSION | $10

*1 - 2 p.m. | TALK - Rockin' the Shtetl, with Seth Rogovoy
MEMBERS | $8     GENERAL ADMISSION | $10

*1 - 3 p.m. | WORKSHOP - Instrumental Klezmer, with Brian Bender
MEMBERS | $8     GENERAL ADMISSION | $10

*3 - 4 p.m. | TALK - A Love Letter to the Yiddish Stage: I.L. Peretz's A Night in the Old Marketplace, with Debra Caplan
MEMBERS | $8     GENERAL ADMISSION | $10

*Advanced sales only. Please purchase a ticket to guarantee admission. Admission will be free of charge at the door in recognition of Shabbos, but space is not guaranteed.

Sunday, July 16
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | WORKSHOP - Yiddish Songs, with Asya Vaisman Schulman and Brian Bender
MEMBERS | $8     GENERAL ADMISSION | $10

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | TALK - Springboard:  How a Million Yiddish Books Are About to Change the Jewish World, with Aaron Lansky
FREE - RSVP Required

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | TALK - The Mysteries of Klezmer Violin Unveiled, with Alicia Svigals
MEMBERS | $8     GENERAL ADMISSION | $10

 

Tickets may be purchased for individual events.

Concert Pass: $198/member, $236/general admission
Concert Pass includes admission to all concerts during Yidstock 2017**. A limited number of passes are available. We recommend that you purchase your pass early, as Concert Passes sell out quickly.

**BONUS: Concert Pass purchase includes access to the following events:
Friday, July 14 | 11 a.m. | WORKSHOP | Yiddish Dance 101: How to Dance to Klezmer Music, with Steve Weintraub
Saturday, July 15 | 10 a.m. | WORKSHOP | Build-a-Sher Yiddish Dance Workshop, with Steve Weintraub

 

Tickets to individual events will be made available Monday, February 6, 2017. Concert Passes will be available to Yiddish Book Center members on February 6, 2017, and to the general public on Monday, February 20, 2017.

Become a member or renew your membership now to take advantage of the member discount.

PLEASE NOTE: Lineup is subject to change. All ticket sales are final. We cannot accommodate refunds or exchanges.

YIDSTOCK 2017 is sponsored by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Rural Intelligance, and The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation.