Join Us Tomorrow for an Exciting Evening at the Museum at Eldridge Street
Join GVSHP tomorrow night in the main sanctuary of the Museum at Eldridge Street as we present the Andy Statman Trio for the second consecutive year. The concert supports both GVSHP and the Museum at Eldridge Street. This year’s concert is presented by GVSHP’s Broker’s Partnership to honor one of its founders, Marlene Hartstein. Limited free tours of the museum are available prior to the concert.
The Eldridge Street Synagogue was designated a New York City landmark in 1980 and a National Historic Landmark in 1996, and 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, immigration quotas from Eastern Europe, and a mass migration to the suburbs), the synagogue has remained an important part of the Lower East Side Jewish community and maintains a small congregation to this day.
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.
An extensive restoration of the synagogue was completed in December 2007, the building’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 Lower East Side/East Village 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. Get your tickets today!