THURSDAY, February 8 • 7:30 PM

Temple Sinai
3100 Military Rd., NW, Washington DC

(near the intersection of Nebraska Av. & Military Rd., N.W.)

The Joel Rubin Ensemble with Kalman Balogh

Come experience the first ever ensemble to trace the Jewish-Gypsy music connection!

Joel Rubin, considered the leading performer and scholar of Jewish instrumental klezmer music in the world today, has earned worldwide accolades from the likes of Nobel Prize Laureate and poet Roald Hoffmann himself. From one of the most famous lines of Roma (Gypsy) musical families in Hungary, Kalman Balogh, the greatest living cimbalom (Eastern European hammered dulcimer) virtuoso joins Rubin in this knock-you-flat concert. Rubin on clarinet and Balogh on cimbalom combine their skills with an all-star ensemble to recreate some of the most fascinating repertoire in the history of Jewish music: first violinst David Chernyavsky, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (then Leningrad) is currently Assistant Concertmaster of the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, and was previously second violinist of the internationally acclaimed St. Petersburg Quartet; also from Hungary and graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Ferenc Kovács on trumpet, is one of Europe’s great improvising musicians, as well as an accomplished violinist and composer. The ensemble creates its own sonic universe full of depth, and virtuosity, exposing the many historical layers of traditional Jewish music ranging from classical to Gypsy to free jazz.

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