Klezmer & Jazz Cabaret Benefit

Join us for a benefit cabaret, Klezmer and Jazz, on Saturday, June 10 from 6-8pm. The sounds of klezmer and jazz resounding in the magnificent main room of the Hudson Area Library will debut the library’s Music in the Stacks programming, a series being developed with Arts Chair Gwen Gould. The program will be performed by the musical group Two Worlds: Paul Green, clarinet; Ben Kohn, keyboard; and Richard Syracuse, string bass.

Tickets are $40 each and can be reserved via the button below or by calling 518-828-1792 x101. Wine and appetizers will be supplied by Ca’Mea Restaurant and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Clarinetist Paul Green’s career spans jazz, classical music, and klezmer. He presents a wide variety of Jewish music throughout the Berkshires, is first clarinetist of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in South Florida. He is on the faculties of Williams College, Skidmore College, the Hotchkiss School and the Berkshire Music School. He is uniquely qualified to bring these two seemingly disparate musical genres together. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, others have melded jazz and klezmer in the past, but how many of them were hot shot classical musicians whose grandfather was a cantor…?…While Green may not be sure if this recording is michik or fleishik, it’s a pretty dazzling set of adult, instrumental music with a world beat edge… Well done. – from CENTAUR (review of his new recording “Music Coming Together”)

Ben Kohn, keyboardist, has performed at a variety of places in the Northeast, including the Colonial Theatre of Pittsfield MA, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington MA, Mohegan Sun Casino, NYC’s Highline Ballroom Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Iron Horse Music Hall and the Academy of Music in Northampton MA, and an overwhelming number of dining establishments, clubs, and bars in Massachusetts. He has also playing throughout the world including in England, Italy, France, Denmark, and Turkey.

Rich Syracuse, string bassist, studied at the Manhattan School of Music and has received the prestigious “Congress of Strings” award. He has performed with The Hartford Ballet, the New Jersey Lyric Opera Co., and numerous jazz groups. He has toured throughout Europe, South America, and Southern Africa. He is Professor for String and Electric Bass Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga, Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, and the Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY. He is an individual member of the International Association of Schools of Jazz.