Dance Orchestra
Aug 12 – 17, 2024
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

with Szilvia Csaranko, Susi Evans, Mark Kovnatskiy and Ilya Shneyveys

The Dance Orchestra is wall-to-wall musical fun! In keeping with this year’s theme, we’ll be playing dance music that reflects the mutual influence of Yiddish, Moldavian and Greco-Turkish music, as well as music that is more specific to any one of these cultures. This is a repertoire workshop: 90% of the time we’ll be reading from scores and learning how music and dance work together. There will also be nightly music and dance jam sessions and our famous public dance ball with a live orchestra (you!) at the end of the workshop.
To participate in this workshop, you should be quite comfortable playing your instrument – we’ll be moving at a quick pace! You’ll receive most of the scores before you come to Weimar to give you time to practice and play them with more freedom. Scores will be provided for all transposing instruments (C, Bb, Eb,bass clef). The main language of instruction will be English, with assistance in German and Russian if needed.
NOTE: If you enjoy playing a diverse repertoire in a large musical ensemble under expert guidance, and you can both play your instrument and read music quite well, this workshop is for you! If you are more interested in a detailed exploration of the elements of klezmer style, or if you’re more interested in learning by ear, we recommend the Introduction to Klezmer Music or the Intermediate Instrumental Workshop instead.

Is this workshop right for me? Take the self-placement test here (required).

Workshop fee: 465 € Standard / 315 € Reduced / 645 € Sponsor / 165 € under 18

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