Gitlin brings Klezmer to St. Mike’s in Chemainus

Clarinettist Connie Gitlin presents The Klezmer Clarinet Sunday, Nov. 13 at Chemainus’s St. Michael’s Church starting at 2 p.m.

Clarinettist Connie Gitlin presents The Klezmer Clarinet Sunday, Nov. 13 at Chemainus’s St. Michael’s Church starting at 2 p.m.

She teams up with guitarist Adam Dobres to deliver an emotion-packed program of klezmer music.

The clarinet, which can both laugh and sob, is the instrument of choice for this traditional Jewish music, which is considered to embrace both the ecstasy and the despair of human life, show promoters said.

This presentation gives the audience a chance to travel back in time, absorbing influences from Romanian gypsy music and early American jazz, before being carried to present-day Israeli celebrations.

Tickets are $17 in advance; check chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca for outlets. At the door, they’ll cost you $20. Music lovers under 18 get in for $5 each.