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Klezmer Company Orchestra, Conducted by Aaron Kula, Announces 2008 Schedule

Tickets on Sale Now for a Diverse Season of Performances

                   BOCA RATON, FL (October 23, 2007) – The innovative, critically-acclaimed Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO) is warming up for its 2008 concert series.   The season will open in January with a celebration of the release of its studio-produced debut album and continue with three ambitious and diverse concerts, including its annual celebration of America’s independence, its June finale. Tickets are on sale now, early reservations are recommended.

During the CD release party for “Beyond the Tribes,” KCO will perform selected tracks on stage and answer questions from the audience. This recording defies classification and includes a unique mix of ethnic jazz orchestrations featuring exotic melodies from around the globe.   The party is Sunday, January 6, at 3 p.m., at Florida Atlantic University’s Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, in the University Center, on the Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The $18 admission includes the new CD.

  “I am absolutely thrilled with our new KCO studio recording, which represents the culmination of two years of work both on and off stage,” said Aaron Kula, director of music collections and performance at Florida Atlantic University Libraries.

 The entertainment roster for KCO, the professional ensemble-in-residence at FAU Libraries, features concerts with new arrangements performed by orchestral and jazz musicians. The ensemble’s high-energy performances will include favorite Yiddish and Klezmer songs and several musical surprises arranged by conductor-accordionist Kula, who continues to create highly-stylized compositions.

 Kula uses original sheet music from the Jewish music collection at the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus as his source of inspiration to take the music from “shelf to stage.”

             “It is gratifying to have our collection brought to life in this way,” said William Miller, dean of University Libraries at FAU.

KCO will present “Beyond the Tribes” at Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach Gardens, on Sunday, January 27, at 3 p.m. This grand production of 25 performers celebrates musical fusion with international melodies. The concert features songs from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Latin America, Europe, Russia and America that blend jazz and classical musical traditions.

“Bulgars, Bongos and Blues,” the ensemble’s second concert in the series, presented on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. at the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, will continue to captivate audiences. It will feature songs from Spain, Yemen, Hungary, Rumania, Israel, Persia and America, with music by great Jewish composers including Maurice Ravel, Kurt Weill, Abraham Ellstein, Marc Lavry and Joseph Rumshinsky.

 “Spirit of America: The Concert III,” KCO’s celebration of America’s Independence will be Sunday, June 29, at 3 p.m. at FAU’s Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium. This wrap-up concert will feature a 45-piece orchestra conducted by Kula. The repertoire will include American music by composers Aaron Copeland, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Foster.

Kula joined the FAU faulty in 1997 and founded the KCO the same year. His activities include research, archiving, lecturing, composing and performing. Kula also serves on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

KCO has performed before thousands at sold-out concerts all over South Florida and has received rave reviews for its unique style and innovative arrangements.

“Preservation and performance are codependent activities and both are necessary for the survival of music in any world class collection,’’ said Kula. “As an artist, it is my responsibility to perform, to teach, to promote and to inspire people through music which by nature is not a stagnant art form.”

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the FAU Libraries’ music collection. Concert tickets range from $18 to $60 depending on the concert and the seat. For tickets, call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com. For more information on KCO, visit www.klezmercompany.com.

-FAU-

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