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Music, Merriment and Chinese Food = KLEZMANIA


What are you doing on Christmas Eve?

Why not spend a cozy evening at the Boulder JCC, enjoying Chinese food (of course!) and then dancing it off? Why not join friends for a klezmer concert featuring the area’s best musicians? How about some holiday fun and good cheer?

Back by popular demand after last year’s 300-person sell-out, Klezmania features an optional pre-concert Chinese buffet, followed by a rollicking klezmer concert. Klezmer – for the uninitiated – is old world wedding music, swinging and soulful songs from the shtetl, the traditional music of the Jews of eastern Europe, played by small traveling bands at celebrations.


Sheldon Sands returns as producer of Klezmania, which features all new music – and a some off-klezmer tunes as well. Sands performs with the Boulder Klezmer Consort, which serves as the house band for the evening. Special guests include the ever-popular singer Faye Nepon, Face beat-boxer Mark Megibow, Denver’s legendary Hal Aqua (The Lost Tribe), and his daughter Annie.

Faye Nepon wows the crowd

Also returning to play in the lobby during dinner, and joining the concert for the final set, is Hadgaba, the Moishe House house band. (Spoiler alert: they may have a new name by then.)

Jean Biz Hertzberg returns to lead dancing on a high-energy set of songs designed to get you moving.

Biz leads Judy Megibow in the lobby during Klezmania 2016.

The optional Chinese dinner is dairy and nut-free, with vegetarian and gluten-free options, and kosher by request. The buffet opens at 5:45. Cost is an additional $25 per person and includes one drink ticket. Deadline to register for dinner is December 15. The concert starts at 7 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

Dinner tickets are limited to the first 150, so register today! CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE MERRIMENT.



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About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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