Heartland Klezmorim in concert Saturday

Heartland Klezmorim will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Big Rapids. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Area music enthusiasts will have three chances to hear Heartland Klezmorim perform on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The group will perform at the halftimes of the Ferris State University men’s and women’s basketball games, set for 1 and 3 p.m. at Wink Arena, 210 Sports Drive, and will be in concert at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave., Big Rapids. There is no additional charge to hear the group during the halftime performances, and the concert is free of charge.

The group’s website says Heartland Klezmorim is the only traditional klezmer band in the state.

“Klezmer (from Yiddish) is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe and further developed by immigrants in the United States,” according to a fact sheet in the band’s press kit.

The band began in 2006 with old-time klezmer music and has expanded its repertoire to include music from Yiddish theater, Yiddish/klezmer swing and jazz interpretations of klezmer music.

They have performed at a variety of venues and events throughout the state, including locally for traditional contra-dancing during the Wheatland Traditional Arts Weekend. Heartland Klezmorim has released two albums.


Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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