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Watch and Listen: Women of Klezmer! Live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio

Listen to a joyous celebration of Klezmer music, recorded live from the WRTI Performance Studio, spotlighting four of the 11 women Klezmer musicians who are in town this week for a concert presented by the Philadelphia Folklore Project.

McDowell Colony Freylekhs, by Alicia Svigals:

Left to right: WRTI's Susan Lewis, pianist Marilyn Lerner, violinist Alicia Svigals, clarinetist Ilene Stahl, and trumpeter Susan Watts

You'll hear a preview of SOUL SONGS: Inspiring Women of Klezmer featuring new compositions, written and performed by women who bring a contemporary twist to Klezmer - a traditional, Eastern European Jewish folk music form. The concert is on Sunday, October 28, 4 to 6 pm, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at Penn.

Watch the performance recorded live on the WRTI Facebook page.

WRTI's Susan Lewis is host for the preview broadcast and welcomes violinist Alicia Svigals, clarinetist Ilene Stahl, pianist Marilyn Lerner, and trumpeter Susan Watts, who is the artistic director of the concert and a fourth-generation Klezmer musician from Philadelphia.

Waltz With Me, by Susan Watts:

PROGRAM for WRTI Broadcast:

McDowell Colony Freylekhs, by Alicia Svigals

Waltz With Me, by Susan Watts

Healthy Baby Girl Hora, by Alicia Svigals

The Biggest Swimming Pool in Moscow, by Marilyn Lerner

Healthy Baby Girl Hora, by Alicia Svigals:

Check out The Philadelphia Inquirer's story about Susan Watts, her percussionist mother, and the big concert coming up! Kicking tuchus and taking names: The Philly mom and daughter behind a new klezmer supergroup


Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.