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Strains of Klezmer Rollicks Through Tzefat

The International Klezmer Festival has just locked up three days of rollicking musical celebration in the mystical city of Tzefat.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 8/18/2011, 11:15 AM

The International Klezmer Festival has just locked up three days of rollicking musical celebration in the mystical city of Tzefat.

Tens of thousands of musicians and fans spent the past three days participating in a variety of special events around the mystical Galilee city.

More than 100 performances graced the festival, with entrance open to the general public including children's events, tours, special workshops and "true Jewish soul music."

The closing event of the festival included master classes led by artists and ensembles from Israel and abroad.

Wednesday's concert featured a special tribute to artist Giora Feidman, celebrating his 75th year.

Tzefat Mayor Ilan Shochat praised Feidman, noting the great importance of his work and his influence on klezmer music worldwide as well as on the city's International Klezmer Festival.

Festival chairman Yigal Chitrit commented as the festival ended that "tens of thousands have been celebrating with enthusiasm and excitement... we all hope that this success and work will continue into the future."

International Tzefat master class project, Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee, is slated to be held next week, organizers said, with dozens of artists and students from around the world.

The participants will perform each night, presenting festive concerts that will be free to the public.



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