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Klezmer Conservatory Band to perform at Old Dominion University

A leading voice in klezmer music and Yiddish song for more than 30 years, the Klezmer Conservatory Band will appear in concert at Old Dominion's University Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23.

At 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24, the band's founder and artistic director, Hankus Netsky, will offer a free workshop entitled "Instant Klezmer" at ODU's Chandler Recital Hall. The workshop is open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring a musical instrument and participate.

Netsky has received the Yosl Mlotek Award and a "Forward Fifty" award for his role in the resurgence of traditional Eastern European Jewish ethnic musical culture, along with a New England Conservatory Outstanding Alumni award and the school's Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser awards for Excellence in Teaching.

The band's repertoire ranges from Yiddish standards to dance medleys, and its musicians have served as ambassadors promoting Jewish music, appearing at dozens of international music festivals in major venues across the U.S., Europe and Australia and on 10 international radio broadcasts of "A Prairie Home Companion."

Tickets are available online at ODUArtsTix.com.

The Klezmer Conservatory Band is presented as part of ODU's F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series, which is funded by an endowment established at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and made possible by a generous gift from F. Ludwig Diehn. Additional support for the band's appearance comes from the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at ODU.

University Theatre is located at 4600 Hampton Boulevard, with free parking in Garage D at 1070 West 45th St. Chandler Recital Hall is located at 1339 West 49th St. in the F. Ludwig Diehn Center for the Performing Arts, with parking in Garage E at the corner of 49th Street and Bluestone Avenue.

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