Levy Series – Duo Controverso

July 12, 2023 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Nakoma Country Club
4145 Country Club Road
Paul Borowsky
Join us for the Levy Summer Series! Presented in partnership with Jeffrey C. Levy, each event will feature an engaging scholar, artist, or community leader speaking over a broad range of topics of interest. The presentation will be followed by an elegant lunch. This is a ticketed event. Scholarships are available.
“Gedanken – Klezmeric Fantasies, Meditations and Improvisations
Kurt and Annette Bjorling (Duo Controverso)

Annette Bjorling is ”The World’s First and Only Klezmer Harpist.” Beyond merely adapting Jewish tunes to the harp, Annette creates a unique voice that fits naturally within the idiom of Yiddish music. Annette is a member of several performing groups, including the international ensemble Myridián. She was co-director of the Klezmer Orchester (Germany). She has performed and taught at international harp conferences and music festivals in Europe and North America.

Kurt Bjorling, clarinet & basset-horn, is Director of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble and a member of Brave Old World, Kurt has also toured and recorded with the Klezmatics and violinist Itzhak Perlman. He has taught klezmer music style in Europe and North America, and he has composed symphonic pieces based on klezmer music. In addition to his Yiddish music, he has been active playing jazz, chamber music and various styles of ethnic music, as well as performing music for theater.

10:30-11am: check-in
11:00-12:30pm: presentation
12:30-1:30pm: lunch

Caesar salad, dinner rolls & mini muffins
Choice of entrée: Broiled Tilapia topped with tomato, red onion, basil & Kalamata olive salsa or Pan-fried tofu and vegetables, white and wild rice blend, steamed asparagus.
Dessert: Dark chocolate ganache three-layer cake

The program of klezmer music includes virtuosic mazltovs, celebratory dance tunes, instrumental interpretations of liturgical and Hassidic music and classic Yiddish songs. Based upon their ongoing research and exploration of traditional East European Jewish wedding music, Duo Controverso creates a unique soundscape, presenting a program to entertain, educate and elate listeners.