SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: San Diego Repertory Theatre has announced the details of its 19th annual Klezmer Summit, called “Jews, Jazz, and Justice,” which will be performed by Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi. The event will be streamed live on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m PT. This year’s performance will also feature special guest Tovah Felshuh, honoring the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and 2020 San Diego Music Awards Artist of the Year Rebecca Jade. Tickets start at $18 and are available on San Diego Rep’s website.
“Our yearly world music celebration always brings so much uplift and good feeling,” said Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival founder and San Diego Rep associate artistic director Todd Salovey in a joint statement. “Nov. 19 seems like the perfect time for a big klezmer boost! The all-star lineup makes it even more special.”
The annual concert will feature a musical tour around the world celebrating klezmer, Yiddish, jazz, world music, and songs of social justice. Selections will range from intimate jazz standards to Yiddish songs about women, songs about justice to klezmer, and Roma instrumentals with wild improvisation. Along with Strom, Hot Pstromi includes vocalist Elizabeth Schwartz, bassist Gunnar Biggs, guitarist Fred Benedetti, percussionist Kevin Koch, and flute and saxophone player Tripp Sprague.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Tovah Feldshuh are two of our country’s greatest Jewish female role models,” said festival associate producer Ali Viterbi in a statement. “RBG of course has inspired young women to fight for their beliefs, while Tovah inspires us all to reimagine Jewish female characters with nuance and depth. This year’s Klezmer Summit will celebrate the strength of Jewish women striving to build a more just world.”
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