The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Summer Music series holds its second concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, with “Klezmania” at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.
“Klezmania” will feature Yale Strom playing with the Rural Street Klezmer Band.
For more than 30 years, Strom has been one of the world’s leading ethnographer-artists of klezmer music, history and culture.
According to the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Strom composes his own New Jewish music, which combines klezmer with Chasidic nigunim, Roma, jazz, classical, Balkan and Sephardic motifs.
He composed original music for the Denver Center production of Tony Kushner’s “The Dybbuk.” He also composed all the New Jewish music for the National Public Radio series “Fiddlers, Philosophers & Fools: Jewish Short
Stories from the Old World to the New,” hosted by the late Leonard Nimoy.
Strom’s many recordings have appeared on numerous top 10 and year’s best lists by critics across North America.
Formed in 2002, the Rural Street Klezmer Band includes musicians from throughout the Greater Phoenix area. It is based out of Temple Emanuel in Tempe. JN