February 06, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

West of Odessa klezmer bandThe klezmer band West of Odessa will perform "Klezmer Music from Places Unheard and Rediscovered," on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The band features clarinet, tsimbl (hammered dulcimer), percussion and accordion.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is a tribute to Rabbi Serena Fujita on the occasion of her retirement from Bucknell.

For the past decade, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based klezmer band West of Odessa has been entertaining audiences with the soul-searing melodies from the former Soviet Union (Ukraine, Moldavia), the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe, and the repertoire of the late Jewish klezmer clarinetist German Goldenshteyn.

Funding for this concert is provided by Rivka Ulmer, professor of Jewish Studies, and the Chaplains' office at Bucknell.

Rabbi Fujita, who began her tenure at Bucknell in 2000, has worked with a student board as well as a faculty/staff advisory committee to provide Jewish religious life, Jewish culture, informal education, community service opportunities and other activities to both the Jewish and non-Jewish populations at Bucknell. She established the Jewish Heritage trips which allow groups of Bucknellians to travel to different parts of the globe to learn about particular Jewish communities.

 

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