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Deadline to donate instruments in exchange for Soul Songs tickets

The Philadelphia Folklore Project to collect new and gently used musical instruments for Settlement Music School in exchange for tickets to see Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer, world premiere event at Annenberg Center on Oct. 28.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project is collecting new and gently used musical instruments for Settlement Music School in exchange for pairs of tickets to attend Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer, a world premiere event at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, October 28 at 4 p.m. Musical instruments can be delivered by appointment to the Philadelphia Folklore Project Office (735 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA) weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Friday, October 26. Appointments are available by calling 215-726-1106.

“Settlement Music School shares our love and passion for continuing creative, accessible arts education for all,” said Selina Morales, Director, Philadelphia Folklore Project. “Many of the world’s top female klezmer artists will be gathering in Philadelphia for a special afternoon, and we hope we can make an ever-lasting impact on the musical community in Philadelphia through this event and our donation of instruments.”

“Settlement is always grateful to receive donations of instruments, which will be allocated according to the needs of our students, and to the overall needs of the School,” said Helen Eaton, Chief Executive Officer, Settlement Music School. “We are grateful to the Philadelphia Folklore Project and thank them for their kindness and generosity.”

In a world premiere, one-night-only special event, Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer brings 11 extraordinary women together to breathe contemporary life into the centuries-old tradition of Eastern European Jewish folk music. This uniquely rousing performance is made possible with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Settlement Music School is an inclusive, creative community, dedicated to providing the highest quality arts education for all. Regardless of age, background, ability, or economic circumstances, there is a place for everyone at Settlement. It offers 10,000 services every week in music, dance, visual arts, and arts therapy at six branches and dozens of community partnerships across the Greater Philadelphia region, and is proud to offer financial aid to more than 60% of the student population, ages 6 months to 96 years.  Settlement is one of the oldest and largest community schools of the arts in the nation.

For more information about the School and its upcoming events, please visit www.Settlementmusic.org/calendar.  

The brainchild of fourth generation Klezmer musician and concert artistic director Susan Watts, Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer will feature new compositions written and performed by three generations of women who bring contemporary meaning to this traditional Eastern European Jewish folk music form. Watts has assembled a stellar group of “Inspiring Women of Klezmer,” including violinists Alicia Svigals, Cookie Segelstein and Deborah Strauss, pianist Marilyn Lerner, clarinetists Zoe Christiansen and Ilene Stahl, trombonist Rachel Lemisch, accordionist Lauren Brody, flute player Adrianne Greenbaum, and bassist Joanna Sternberg. Tickets are on sale at www.annenbergcenter.org.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project works to preserve and strengthen the folk cultural life of our communities, believing that the quality of urban life is directly related to the persistence, diversity and vitality of our vernacular folk cultures. More information on the Philadelphia Folklore Project and how to support their programs can be found at www.folkloreproject.org.

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