Featured Artists: The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas
By: Dan Strba
This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas, which my wife, Marcia Sterling and I formed in 1993. Since then, the band has performed at thousands of community events including weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, concerts, anniversaries, and other joyous occasions.
Klezmer, by its very nature, IS celebration music. The traditional style was born hundreds of years ago in Eastern Europe, and by the early 20th century Klezmer had made it’s way to the US along with millions of seekers of democracy and freedom. Klezmer’s indomitable spirit was soon infused with jazz, the indigenous American art form, and an exciting new hybrid was born.
Here at Klezmer Central, the tradition continues as we seek to infuse different musical styles into our performances. So be on the lookout for our upcoming new fusion album, Meshugenah Mambo!
In 2004, The Best Little Klezmer Band collaborated with Houston Ballet on the world premier of Ketubah, a Jewish wedding ballet set to our Klezmer music and played live at Wortham by our 11-piece band. In 2012, HB reprised Ketubah and now there are plans to perform the work with ballet companies throughout the U.S. and beyond.
We are very excited to be a part of the Houston Symphony’s 100th anniversary celebration and the Day of Music. What a great way to connect with the Houston community, honor our wonderful institution, and make new friends.
So come on out to Jones Hall on Saturday July 13th, kick up your heels and DO ‘DA HORA!!
To learn more about The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas, visit www.texasklezmer.com
The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas will perform at 11:30 a.m. on the rear lobby stage.