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561-297-0245, clewis36@fau.edu

KCO, Directed by Aaron Kula, Joins Oral Historian Kitty Oliver to Present ‘Go Down Moses: Klezmer, Blues, Blacks and Jews’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (November 18, 2013) ─ Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO), conducted by Aaron Kula, will join author and oral historian Kitty Oliver, Ph.D., to present “Go Down Moses: Klezmer, Blues, Blacks and Jews,” a dramatic storytelling concert, on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at the Barry and Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Auditorium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Kula, director of music performance and education at FAU Libraries, chose the concert’s title from “Go Down Moses,” a Negro spiritual that captures  the relationship between the enslavement of blacks in America and the Jews in Egypt.  KCO, the professional ensemble-in- residence at FAU Libraries, will perform a rendition of the spiritual, as well as some other favorites from the libraries’ print music collection. Among those are “My Yiddishe Momma,” “Eishes Chayil” (Woman of Valour); Ani Maamim (I Believe) and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Oliver, whose specialty is race and ethnic communication, will sing several songs with KCO, including “Give Me that Old Time Religion,” “Summertime” and “Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child.”  

  “The songs are familiar to a wide audience, entertaining, and they are integral to the narrative of the show, emphasizing the commonality of our experiences and the hope of our future,” said Oliver, director of The Race and Change Initiative, a multimedia website project at FAU.

The concert is being sponsored by the FAU’s Jewish Cultural Society (JCS), which organized in 2008 to advance Jewish cultural traditions and education at FAU and its libraries through philanthropic endeavors.

General admission is $18; FAU students will be admitted free with Owl Card; tickets for JCS members are $15 and tickets for JCS member couples are $25. Reserve tickets at 561-297-3921,jewishculturalsociety@fau.edu or www.fauf.fau.edu/jcs-events.

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