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May 5 2020

Dem Fideles Neshome: The Soul of the Fiddle

This concert with commentary is next in the Jewish Music Masterclass series and features the internationally acclaimed Strauss/Warschauer Duo, one of the most influential and beloved klezmer groups of this generation. Participants will hear their music and gain insights into the Duo's creative process and sources of inspiration.

Hailed by the New York Times as “terrific,” Deborah Strauss and Cantor Jeff Warschauer are sweet and soulful performers who draw from klezmer, Yiddish, Hasidic and liturgical music and culture, adding their own original compositions and song settings. Their music is grounded in tradition, yet thoroughly contemporary.

For over 25 years, Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, vocals, dance) and Cantor Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, vocals) have been at the forefront of the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, one of the premiere groups of the klezmer revival, and have performed with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Great Britain’s Fiddles on Fire, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, Poland, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with the late actor and singer Theodore Bikel.