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Klezmer Music Performed by Heartland Klezmorim at Spring Lake District Library
Klezmer Music Performed by Heartland Klezmorim at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake--Heartland Klezmorim will be performing traditional Klezmer music at Spring Lake District Library on Sunday, Jan. 8 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Klezmer music has a distinctive sound that is sure to lead to some serious toe-tapping, as it is often an inducement to get people dancing. Heartland Klezmorim band members include Ben Godoshian, drums; Drew Howard, banjo, mandolin, dobro; Chris Hamilton, string bass; Susanne Garber, violin and David Klein, trumpet. The band hails from East Lansing and performs throughout the state. To hear their music or learn more about the band visit www.heartlandklezmorim.com.

This musical performance is the second in the January Sendak Program Series planned in conjunction with the national traveling exhibit “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak” on display at the library through Feb. 24.  “In a Nutshell” examines the people, places, and world events that influenced Sendak’s works.

Klezmer music originated in the shtetls (Yiddish for little towns) of Eastern Europe where Jewish troubadours known as klezmorim performed for happy occasions such as weddings. Sendak was fascinated by all aspects of the shtetl world of the European Jew, and that fascination is often reflected in his work.

The “In a Nutshell” exhibit was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the     David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life. The exhibit was curated by Patrick Rodgers of the Rosenbach Museum & Library.

For additional information contact the Spring Lake District Library at 616-846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.