Performance, Teaching, The Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band

The Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band Performs At Alabama School Of Fine Arts

March 11, 2019

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The Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham (known as the Magic City) invited The Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band to take part in their Faculty Recital on Monday, March 11th in their Hess-Abroms Recital Hall.

The Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band consists of Alan Goldspiel (guitar), Robert Janssen (clarinet and saxophone), Ron Alexander (bass), and Michael Glaser (drums).

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At the beginning of the performance, Goldspiel explained with humor the origins of the band’s name as well as a bit about Klezmer to the audience of students and parents with the following:

“We are the Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band. I may have to explain a few of those words to you. Klezmer is music of the Yiddish-speaking eastern European Jews and Shtetl means ‘Village’. So Magic Stetl…Magic City…it’s not so clever but you understand. We’re going to play for you some music that has been curated by Dr. Janssen here. Curiously enough they feature him quite heavily. Three of them are bulgars, which are Romanian dances, then a nign, or melodious tune and a Dobranotsh, which means ‘Good night’. Klezmer was functional music, for weddings in particular, which would often last for days. And finally, when it was time for everyone to go, they would play a tune called ‘Good Night’. That’s our second-to-last one but you’ll see why.”

The Klezmer quartet opened the evening’s festivities with a lively five-song set consisting of Der Heyser Bulgar, Stoliner-Karliner Nign, Boogich Bulgar, Dobranotsh, and Besarabisher Bulgar (Watch the performance of this one below).

The Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band’s performance was rewarded with loud applause from the attendees of the recital.

The Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band was formed by Alan Goldspiel in 2010 to celebrate the opening of the art exhibit Darkness Into Light sponsored by the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center and has varying members depending on how large or small a band is required. The band has performed throughout central Alabama and is available for events both public and private.

For more information about The Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band click here or contact us here.

CMS - College Music Society, Composition, Performance, Teaching

College Music Society Composers’ Concert – Orlando, Florida

February 28 – March 1, 2019

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Goldspiel performing Five Preludes, CMS Conference at UCF

Nothing beats winter weather better than a trip to sunny Florida and the College Music Society’s 40th Annual Chapter Conference provided Dr. Alan Goldspiel and Joe L. Alexander the opportunity to not only perform a few of their compositions but also a chance to feel the sun again.

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Awards and Recognition, Teaching

NAMM GenNext, Nashville – June 28-30, 2018

Dr. Alan Goldspiel traveled to Nashville, TN to attend 2018 Summer NAMM as a 2018 NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellow. Goldspiel was awarded The NAMM Foundation-College Music Society Grant back in May as one of fourteen music faculty members nationwide chosen to participate in the CMS-NAMM Summer Fellows Program for Music Faculty.

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Dr. Alan Goldspiel with the rest of the NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellows

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Performance, Teaching

Young Musicians’ Camp 2018

June 10-15, 2018

On June 10th the Department of Music at the University of Montevallo celebrated the 15th annual week-long Young Musicians’ Camp. Each year the camp provides young musicians between the ages of 11-18 years old the opportunity to create and perform music on a university campus while working directly with professional faculty artists.

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Dr. Goldspiel with this year’s young musicians ready to get started learning.

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Awards and Recognition, Teaching

Dr. Alan Goldspiel Awarded 2018 NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellow Grant

On May 7th, 2018, Dr. Alan Goldspiel was awarded The NAMM Foundation-College Music Society Grant. The grant designates Goldspiel as a “2018 NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellow. Goldspiel was selected as one of nine music faculty members nationwide chosen to participate in the CMS-NAMM Summer Fellows Program for Music Faculty.

The program is designed to introduce music faculty to professions in the music industry, giving them background to better prepare students for careers as 21st-century musicians. The NAMM Foundation College Music Society Fellows Award seeks to support individuals who exhibit commitment and aptitude for developing curricula related to business leadership and innovation in the music products industry.

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Goldspiel composing in his studio

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Awards and Recognition, Teaching

Dr. Alan Goldspiel Inducted Into International Music Fraternity

On April 28th, 2018, Dr. Alan Goldspiel, Chair and Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo was inducted into Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity as a Distinguished Member-Friend of the Arts.

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Composition, Performance, Teaching

November Keeps Dr. Alan Goldspiel Busy

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November proved to be a busy month for Dr. Alan Goldspiel with several performances and a Music Educators conference, which had him traveling from Alabama to Mississippi and Arizona and back again.

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Festivals, Performance, Teaching

Goldspiel Performs at American Village Independence Day Celebration 2017

IMG_2207As part of July 4th, 2017 celebrations, Alan Goldspiel performed as the house Spanish guitarist in a recreation of the Mount Vernon room at American Village’s Independence Day celebration.

Goldspiel performed three, 30-minute programs of Popular 18th Century Hits for the Spanish guitar. Period composers represented were Fernando Sor, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Francesco Molino.

In the spirit of the celebration, Goldspiel, as well as all other historical reenactors, wore period-appropriate costumes.

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