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Live Concert: Alex Koffman & Gail Mangurten, Klezmer Violin & Piano

October 27 @ 2:00 am - 3:00 pm

Klezmer Concert - The Selfhelp Home

Alex Koffman: Artistic and Musical Director, Violin, Vocalist

Alex was born in Minsk, USSR in a musical family where his grandfather taught him Jewish folk music. Alex received his Master’s Degree from the Conservatory of Minsk, and, when drafted into the Red Army, conducted a military orchestra. After immigrating to America in 1990, Alex studied with Albert Igolnikov of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He then joined Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and soon became its violinist, Musical Director, and arranger.

Gail Mangurten: Piano

Gail Mangurten is musical director of many professional and community ensembles and accompanist of musicals. Gail is on the teaching staff at Virtuoso Performing Arts and accompanies services at several congregations. A master of many styles, she is in demand as an accompanist of musicals, wedding ceremonies and synagogue and church services. She has made four recordings with Maxwell Street and is composer and arranger of the show, “Jewish Songbirds of Tin Pan Alley.” She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, where she honed her classical and jazz skills. Gail was the musical director at “Tuxedo Junction”, a 1940’s ensemble, when Maxwell Street discovered her in the 1990s. Since then, Gail has toured with Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, including in Europe and Carnegie Hall.


October 27
2:00 am - 3:00 pm
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