The Magid Chronicles, Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin. Artwork: Phil Blank

Klezmer Concert with Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz of Veretski Pass

The Program in Jewish Studies and College of Music welcome Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz of Veretski Pass for a free concert on the CU Boulder campus. Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz are two members of Veretski Pass, a klezmer music group based in Berkeley, CA. Veretski Pass has a mix of Jewish, Romanian, Ottoman, Moldavian, and Polish influences, amongst others. Their free concert will feature music from Veretski Pass’s latest release, The Magid Chronicles. The project draws on material from Sofia Magid, a Soviet Jewish ethnomusicologist, who worked intensively to document Jewish music in Belarus and Ukraine during Joseph Stalin’s regime. Magid’s 600 recordings contain rare examples of women’s songs and instrumental pieces. The project also features music from Moyshe Beregovski and includes Romanian, Turkish, Greek, and Hutsul traditions.

Headshot of Cookie Segelstein with a violin/viola

Cookie Segelstein, violin and viola, is the founder and director of Veretski Pass. She was principal violist in Orchestra New England and assistant principal in the New Haven Symphony. Segelstein also served as a faculty member at Southern Connecticut State University and staff member at KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Klezfest London, and other international festivals. Active as a Holocaust educator and curriculum advisor, she has been a frequent lecturer at the Women’s Correctional Facility in Niantic, CT. She is a member of the Band Budowitz and has performed with Kapelye, The Klezmatics, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and more.

Headshot of Joshua Horowitz with an accordion

Joshua Horowitz, chromatic button accordion, cimbalom, and piano, is a founding member of Veretski Pass. He taught Advanced Jazz Theory at Stanford University with the late saxophonist Stan Getz and was Music Director of the Klezmer Festival Fürth in Germany for over a decade. Horowitz recently finished orchestrating and composing the missing movements for the only European Yiddish Opera by Henekh Kon. He is the recipient of more than 40 awards for his work as a composer and performer. He is also the founder and director of Budowitz and has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Theodore Bikel, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and more.

Monday, September 16, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Grusin Music Hall in the Imig Music Building, CU Boulder Campus

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This event is hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Program in Jewish Studies and College of Music. It is sponsored by the Roser Visiting Artist Endowment and other University cosponsors.

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