Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program, Chanukah C0-Sponsored Event
Presented by Congregation B’nai Israel of Tustin, CA
Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi:
A Chanukah Klezmer Celebration
Sunday December 13, 2020
6:30-7:30 PM PST/ 9:30-10:30 PM EST
This program is partially funded by a grant from: the Albert and Rhoda Weissman Arts Endowment Fund, a joint program of Jewish Community Foundation Orange County and Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County.
Join us as we celebrate the 4th night of Chanukah on Sunday December 13th with candle lighting and a virtual concert featuring Yale Strom and his klezmer band Hot Pstromi. Offering a fusion of traditional Klezmer, Gypsy, Chassidic, world beat, Balkan and new Jewish music, with generous jaw-dropping roller coasters of improvisational breaks, Hot Pstromi is a unique klezmer/Roma ensemble featuring Elizabeth Schwartz on vocals, David Licht on percussion, Norbert Stachel on reeds, Peter Stan on accordion, Sprocket on contrabass, and Yale Strom on violin. The first 200 CBI and CSP members to RSVP get a free Chanukah gift bag (available for pick up at Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin, CA).
Yale Strom (violin, composer, filmmaker, writer, photographer, playwright) is a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Roma communities. Initially, his work focused primarily on the use and performance of klezmer music among these two groups. Gradually, his focus increased to examining all aspects of their culture, from post-World War II to the present. From more than 3 decades and 75 such research expeditions, Strom has become one of the world’s leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer music and history. His klezmer research was instrumental in helping form the repertoires of his klezmer band, Hot Pstromi in New York and San Diego. Strom has authored and edited more than 10 books, and has produced more than 15 CDs ranging from traditional klezmer to New Jewish music. His films have been shown at and received awards from various film festivals over the years, including his most recent film American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs, which won the 2017 Audience Choice for Best Film award at the Workers United Film Festival in New York City. Yale’s compositions range from quartets to symphonies, and he is one of the only top composers of Jewish music to carry on the tradition of writing original songs, with Yiddish lyrics, about humanitarian and social issues. Strom was the first klezmer musician to perform at the United Nations General Assembly.