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Di Tsvey Duo to Perform Jewish Klezmer Music at Kent State University at Stark

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

Kent State University at Stark Music Department presents a concert by Di Tsvey – The Greenman/Rushefsky Duo on Saturday,
Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Di Tsvey – The Greenman/Rushefsky Duo features the traditional pairing of the violin and tsimbl, the Jewish hammered dulcimer, as rendered by two of the world’s leading masters of secular Jewish music. The duo, Steven Greenman on violin and Pete Rushefsky on tsimbl, perform traditional music, as well as new compositions rooted in the klezmer tradition. The playful and delicate interaction of the instruments will mesmerize the audience, as they are transported to 19th- and early-20th-century-Europe, enjoying virtuosic showpieces for the Jewish wedding table, lively dance music and soulful melodies.

Greenman is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners, composers and teachers of traditional East European Jewish klezmer violin music. He produced his original Jewish and klezmer compositions for the CDs Stempenyu’s Dream and Stempenyu’s Neshome and co-produced Khevrisa-European Klezmer Music. He co-founded the Khevrisa Ensemble and performs internationally with numerous klezmer ensembles, in addition to teaching klezmer music at various festivals and master classes. Greenman is also an accomplished performer of Hungarian nota, Romanian lautari music and urban East European Gypsy music. He has been a guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Canton Symphony and the Akron Symphony.

Rushefsky is a leading revivalist of the tsimbl or traditional klezmer hammered dulcimer. The string instrument, which is played like a xylophone, uses more than 100 strings to create a mystical, harp-like sonority. Rushefsky performs with some of the finest practitioners of traditional klezmer music. His new release with singer/pianist Rebecca Kaplan is titled On the Paths: Yiddish Songs With Tsimbl. Rushefsky won much critical acclaim for his CD with violinist Elie Rosenblatt, titled Tsimbl un Fidl: Klezmer Music for Hammered Dulcimer and  Violin, and he appears on Greenman’s CD, Stempenyu’s Dream. He has performed at numerous North American and European venues. A popular instructor of klezmer, he also authored a pioneering instructional book on adapting the American five-string banjo for klezmer. Rushefsky is currently executive director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, a New York not-for-profit dedicated to preserving and nurturing the performing arts traditions of immigrant and ethnic communities.

For more information, contact the Music Department at 330-244-5151. To view a list of Kent State Stark’s music events and learn more about the music program, visit