The return of renowned klezmer trio Veretski Pass to Champaign-Urbana as part of the C-U Folk and Roots Festival and into the following days! This opportunity is not to be missed. Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world.
October 25, 7:00 at Iron Post. Festival wristband or single venue admission of $20
Workshop: Introduction to Playing Klezmer Music
October 26, 2:00 at Community Center for the Arts.
Bring an instrument you are comfortable playing; no klezmer experience necessary. Free admission.
Yiddish dancing w/Veretski Pass and Mitch Harris
October 26, 7:30 at Urbana Dance Company
Festival wristband or single venue donation of $5.00
October 27, 7:00 pm at Sinai Temple. Free admission.
Lecture/Demonstration: Robert E. Brown Center for World Music Gateways to World Music Series
October 28, 7:30 pm at Music Building Auditorium.
Please note that full weekend festival wristbands can be purchased ahead of time for just $40 ($50 at the festival). Purchase them online, at the Urbana farmer’s market festival booth, at the Iron Post, or at the Rose Bowl Tavern. For further information about the festival, check out www.folkandroots.org.
About Veretski Pass
Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Romanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Romania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions.