Kindling the Light: Hanukkah Concert and Dance Party with The Rebbe's Orkestra

Saturday Dec 28, 2019

3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107







Phone: 5052436276
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The klezmer ensemble presents a multicultural concert and participatory dance event including a variety of Hanukkah music, including pieces in Yiddish.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 21, 2019



Beth Cohen or Randy Edmunds
Arno Productions NM – The Rebbe’s Orkestra
(505) 243-6276 - land-line (no texts)

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA – On Saturday, December 28th from 7:00-9:00pm, The Rebbe’s Orkestra, a professional touring & recording klezmer ensemble based in ABQ since 1991 will present “Kindling the Light” - a multicultural concert & participatory dance event.

The Rebbe’s Orkestra will perform several Sephardic Hanukkah pieces including a 13th century Venetian composition of the Hanukkah hymn Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages) accompanied by the bowed psaltery, the Ladino ballad Los Siete Ijos di Hanna (The Seven Sons of Hannah),a Hanukkah pizmon (sacred poem) from Syria and Dak il Tas a Hanukah song from Turkey. The band will also perform many favorites including songs in Yiddish from the swing era and “Happy Joyous Hanukkah” a song by The Klezmatics with lyrics by Woody Guthrie.

Dancing is welcome and encouraged throughout the evening, and dances will be led and quick-taught by Penina Ballen. The first half of the program will be more of a “sit-down” concert and the second half will feature Klezmer dance music, which is the instrumental Jewish dance music of Eastern Europe such as: Freylekhes, Khosidls, Horas and Bulgars. The audience is welcome to remain seated to listen and watch if they do not wish to dance – there will be plenty of room for both.

The Rebbe’s Orkestra personnel is: Beth Cohen- vocals, violin, bowed psaltery, mandolin & penny whistle; Randy Edmunds- vocals, guitar & Macedonian tambura; Barbara Friedman- vocals, electric bass & Macedonian tambura; Debo Orlofsky- vocals & accordion; & Mary Masuk- percussion (doumbek, riq, tupan, spoons & tar drum). The band’s CD “Klezmer y mas” will be for sale at the performance.

Kindling the Light will begin shortly after 7:00pm with a group participatory Menorahlighting of theHanukkah candles since it will be the seventh night of Hanukkah. Concert attendees are invited to bring their own Menorote/ Hanukkiote with 8 candles to light along with the band and there will be extras for people to share. Everyone is invited to attend and to participate. Sufganiyote (donuts) and a hot beverage will also be available for a donation.

Admission is on a $5.00-$20.00 sliding scale at the door, ages 12 and under are free and the doors will open at 6:30pm. Kindling the Light will take place at Nahalat Shalom, located at 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque 87107.

For more information contact: Beth Cohen or Randy Edmunds (505) 243-6276,


Incorporating the sounds and rhythms of Jewish music from many parts of the world, THE REBBE’S ORKESTRA brings a unique style to Klezmer–the instrumental dance music rooted in the Jewish wedding ceremonies of Eastern Europe. The band’s repertoire includes instrumental pieces from the Middle-East, and folk songs in several languages including Yiddish (a Germanic rooted language of East European Jews), Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, Hungarian, Romanian, and Romany (the language of the Roma/ Gypsies). The band also plays some Israeli folk dance tunes, traditional fiddle tunes and songs from New Mexico, as well as traditional music from the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Recording and performing professionally throughout the southwest since 1996, The Rebbe’s Orkestra has been exploring the ways in which Jewish musicians have interacted with surrounding musical traditions over the centuries. From Spain to Iraq, Poland to the Mediterranean: The Rebbe's Orkestra plays tunes and songs as widely divergent as the geography and yet with surprisingly similar themes.