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The 2014 Program

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KlezKamp begins with arrival and check-in beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23. Those who need to arrive earlier may make arrangements directly with the Hudson Valley Resort (; phone: 845-626-8888). At 4:30 p.m., there will be meetings for those given a Work-Study position, followed by a very important meeting at 5:30 p.m. for the parents of children in the KlezKids program. In addition to four class periods every day, most afternoons include "forshpayz" presentations before dinner.

Dance Party Unplugged takes place after dinner and before the evening activity to allow participants to enjoy dancing to acoustic live music without having to stay up until the wee hours. Then follows an evening program designed to be of interest to the entire community and more dancing to live music. There will also be special children’s activities at the same time as the main evening activity. Many of the evening programs are open to the public for a small fee.

Classes begin on Wednesday and culminate in the Student Concert on Sunday night. Because the program runs over Shabbos, PM2 classes on Friday will take place after sunset on Saturday. The last dining-room meal provided is lunch on Monday; a carry-out lunch option is also available if signed up for by Sunday night. Hotel facilities, including the health spa and indoor swimming pool, are open to all KlezKampers during regular operating hours at no extra charge. (Certain spa amenities are available for an extra fee.)

Friday PM2 classes will be moved to PM2 on Saturday. NOTE: Shabbos Weekend attendees may take select Sat. PM2 classes on an audit-only basis and at instructors' discretion."

* Special programming for Shabbos Weekend attendees and for full-week Kampers:

  • Friday services; traditional Friday-night meal with all the trimmings; Zmiros singing.
  • Saturday AM: Orthodox and Egalitarian services; secular lecture. PM: Plenary panel on KK, Yiddish culture; informal Yiddish-conversation groups, mini-lectures. Shale Shudes mini-meal); Havdalah (end of Shabbos).

NOTE: Lobby is "shabbosdik," but classrooms and other areas are available for practice, rehearsing, jams. WiFi available in designated area/s.

9:00 am
  Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
10:30 am
  AM1 classes AM1 classes AM1 classes   AM1 classes AM1 classes
12:15 pm
  AM2 classes AM2 classes AM2 classes   AM2 classes Check out
1:30 pm
  Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch  
3:00 pm
Check in and registration (starting at 2:00 pm) PM1 classes PM1 classes PM1 classes   PM1 classes  
4:45 pm
  PM2 classes PM2 classes   PM2 classes

PM2 classes

4:30 pm Staff Meeting            
6:00 pm
  Forshpayzn Forshpayzn   Forshpayzn KlezKids performance  
5:30 pm Meeting for parents of KlezKids            
7:00 pm
Dinner Dinner Dinner Shabbos Meal and Zmiros Dinner Dinner  
7:30 pm
Dance Party Unplugged Dance Party Unplugged   Dance Party Unplugged Dance Party Unplugged  
7:45 pm-
Orientation Staff Concert Panel Discussion: 30 Years of KK and Yiddish Culture   HooHa Student Concert  

Class Schedule

AM1 — 9:00-10:30 AM

  • Instruments
  • Basic instruments
  • Percussion in Klezmer
  • Shpiel!
  • Use Your Beregovski
  • Plucked String Intensive
  • Improv Toolbox
  • Traditional Vocal Master Class
  • Ashkenazic Family Names
  • Introduction to Yiddish
  • Intermediate Yiddish
  • Yiddish’s Greatest Hits
  • Duvid Crockett: Mickey Katz
  • A Sheyne Forshtelung
  • Foodways – English
  • Di Gantse Velt iz a Bine

AM2 — 10:45 AM-12:15 PM

  • Traditional Ensembles
  • Beginners’ Ensemble: 30th Anniversary
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Mandolin Orchestra
  • Silent but Golden
  • Oy Vey, Mame
  • Funky Freylekhs—Vive KlezKamp!
  • Simkhe Dance Pearls
  • Yiddish Conversation
  • 33-1/3 Years with 78s
  • Yiddish Film Music
  • Yiddish Folklore
  • Papercutting
  • Youth Orchestra
  • Oomchicks

PM1 — 1:30-3:00 PM

  • Reading Band
  • Hoffman Family Repertoire
  • Shabbos mit a Yidishn Tam
  • Last Waltz(es)
  • It Leads to Mixed Dancing
  • AltNaye Tantsn
  • Klezmer Revival: A Retrospective
  • Wexology’s Greatest Hits
  • Yiddish for Singers
  • Kinehoras Chorus
  • Interpreting Yiddish Song
  • Elements of Yiddish Music
  • Foodways in Yiddish
  • Yiddish Calligraphy
  • Youth Theater Workshop

PM2 — 3:15-4:45 PM

  • Ear Band: 30th Anniversary Edition
  • Hasidic Dance Band
  • Fidl Kapelye
  • Make the Trees Dance
  • Repertoire Lost and Found
  • Great American Klezmer
  • Passing the Torch
  • Our Lives Are In Our Songs
  • History of Yiddish Theater, Part 1
  • Basic Yiddish Dance
  • 30 Pearls of Yiddish Literature
  • Fiber Arts
  • Youth Theater Workshop

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