Renowned musician Andy Statman and the Andy Statman Trio will perform in the main sanctuary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue on Thursday, October 22, 2015. This special concert, presented by the GVSHP Brokers Partnership and benefiting GVSHP and the Museum at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, provides a unique opportunity to hear one of today’s best klezmer bands and to see the interior of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a breath-taking National Historic Landmark on the Lower East Side.
Mandolinist and clarinetist Andy Statman refers to his compositions as “spontaneous American-roots music and personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz.” Statman is considered one of the most inventive creators of a fresh approach to American roots music commonly described as “new grass.” During his critically acclaimed career, Statman has released over 25 albums and has worked with a dizzyingly diverse array of musical masterminds including Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Itzhak Perlman, Bill Monroe and Jesse McReynolds. Bassist Jim Whitney, who has toured around the world, appears in the country-rock group Miller’s Farm and is a member of singer/pianist Debbie Deane’s soul and groove trio. Drummer and percussionist Larry Eagle is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s Sessions Band (which won a Grammy for traditional folk music), and played on R&B/Soul artist John Legend’s Grammy-winning second album. Combined they compose a talented and eclectic trio.
The Eldridge Street Synagogue is the perfect venue for listening to some of the best music New York City has to offer. The synagogue, rich with history and tradition, opened its doors at 12 Eldridge Street on September 4, 1887 and flourished for 50 years. Though a deep decline in membership occurred during the next several decades (due to the Great Depression, limited immigration quotas from Eastern Europe, and a mass migration to the suburbs) the synagogue has always remained an important part of the Lower East Side Jewish community.
An extensive restoration of the synagogue finished in December 2007, the buildling’s 120th anniversary. The restoration received nearly every major preservation honor, including the prestigious National Trust for Historic Preservation 2008 Preservation Award. The crowning piece of the Museum’s restoration is a magnificent new stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans.
Today the Eldridge Street Synagogue is home to the Museum at Eldridge Street, which welcomes people from around the world for tours, school programs, concerts, lectures, festivals and other cultural events.
Attendees of the October 22nd event will also have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Museum (included in the ticket fee).
Don’t miss out on this special concert, which is sure to be a feast for the eyes and the ears!
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