Klezmer musician and ethnographer Yale Strom who will present his newest children’s book, “The Wedding that Saved a Town,” at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Kaplan Theatre, IW Marks Theatre Center, at the Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood.
In this story for children ages 5-8, Yiske and his band of Klezmer musicians must find a groom to participate in a very unconventional wedding. Children can join Yiske and his clever horse, Fairdy, in this tale presented with live Klezmer music by Strom.
Strom’s photo exhibit, Klezmorim: The Jewish and Roma Musicians of Eastern Europe, will also be displayed until Feb. 13 at the Jewish Community Center’s Deuster Art Gallery. Klezmorim documents the history and personalities of Klezmer musicians from Eastern Europe.
Strom has spent the last two decades and more than 75 research expeditions to become one of the world’s most avid pioneers of Klezmer music and history. He has focused much of his research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Rom communities, focusing on the use and performance of Klezmer music as well as examining all aspects of their culture from post World War II to the present.
As a violinist, composer, filmmaker, writer, photographer, author and playwright, Strom has been declared a “…maverick who does so many things with such great skill and vision that he’s in a league of his own” by George Varga, Music Critic of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
For more information, contact Brittany Horwitt at 713-729-3200 ext. 3327. To purchase tickets, visit www.jcchouston.org or call the Box Office at 713-551-7255.