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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)

 

Klezmer, Baroque, and Tartan:

A Jewish Musical Odyssey in Aberdeen

Aberdeen
17 September 2014
SCoJeC's "Jewish Musical Odyssey" in Aberdeen

The imposing court at Aberdeen Art Gallery isn’t often used for concerts, but when it is, the acoustics and the atmosphere are perfect!

More than 50 people turned out for the Wednesday lunchtime leg of our concert tour, in the beautiful, imposing, marbled setting of the art gallery complete with raku dolphin. 

SCoJeC's "Jewish Musical Odyssey" in Aberdeen

The programme was shorter than the evening concerts, and several people were there by chance, having just come in to the gallery during their lunchbreak – including a couple of people from a local flute group, who joined Adrianne at the end of the concert for an impromptu flute jamming session!  

“It was an excellent event – a chance to hear some flute music I wasn’t familiar with.” said one of the audience, and another came up to us at the end to say what a wonderful time she’d had – she was so happy to have had the opportunity to dance, and greatly enjoyed the whole event. 

A teacher who had come with two school pupils from the neighbouring Albyn School commented that that the event had “surpassed her expectations”, and that she enjoyed “listening to an entirely new musical style”.

"An hour of uplifting, thrilling klezmer music," said another member of the audience, "all made possible by Adrianne Greenbaum, Michael Alpert, Lev Atlas, Lord Byron, Isaac Nathan, Fiona Frank, SCoJeC, and the acoustics of the atrium in Aberdeen Art Gallery: flute, violin, accordion, drum, and song; musical instruments singing to the audience as the melodies floated through the air. Such a celebration of beautiful music played by passionate professionals. And then to finish, a chance to meet Adrianne and Michael over a lunch of smoked salmon and bagels in a room tucked above the Synagogue: stories of family, friends and klezmer. An outstanding afternoon! Thank you!"

The concert also highlighted the photographic exhibition Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future by Judah Passow, which will open at Aberdeen Central Library on Monday 22nd September. Adrianne was delighted to be shown a preview of the exhibition, after which the group then went to the beautiful Aberdeen Synagogue, and enjoyed a kosher buffet in the community room before catching a train back to Glasgow ready for the next stage of the tour.  

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