Meshugginah Klezmorim Brings Jazz to Hanukkah
Meshugginah Klezmorim will perform their style of klezmer music, or “Jewish jazz,” on the last night of Hanukkah, Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. The group wanted to conclude the eight-day Hanukkah celebration on an upbeat note and celebrate the return of clarinetist D. Gause. Tickets for the concert are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show. Because the group sold out the 274-seat theater for a previous concert, pre-purchasing tickets before the show date is encouraged.
Meshugginah Klezmorim means “crazy musicians” in Yiddish, a direct reflection of the personalities of the professional musicians that make up the group. These players of klezmer music have performed locally at the festivities for Israeli Independence Day, the Menorah lighting on Fremont Street with former Mayor Oscar Goodman, citywide Hanukkah concerts, the Folk Life Festival and the city of Las Vegas Cultural Series at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse.
The band was brought together by violinist Lee Schreiber in 1991 and consists of D. Gause, clarinet; Brett Barnes, drums; D.J. Sinai, keyboards and vocals and Irv Weinberger, guitar. As individuals, they have performed for such artists as Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Tim McGraw, Clint Black and Andrea Bocelli, to name a few and have played venues such as The Grand Ole Opry and The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Schreiber is a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Chamber Symphony as well as a violin player for numerous superstars. Gause, a gifted musician, brings a high virtuosity to the clarinet, a key instrument in klezmer music.
Those interested in tickets can call the Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
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