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Born of Eastern European folk traditions, Klezmer is rooted in Yiddish celebratory music, as often heard at Jewish weddings. Between 1880 and 1920, a period of heavy immigration to the United States, Jewish emigrant musicians assimilated and adapted their music in response to early jazz and American musical theater. As Klezmer traditions evolved, the clarinet became a prominent ensemble member. For this reason, the NMM’s own Deborah Check Reeves and her brother, John D. Check, will explore some traditional tunes in NMM Live!

Dr. Deborah Check Reeves, clarinet, is Curator of Education and Woodwinds at the NMM and Professor of Music at USD. She is a member of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Quintessential Wind Quintet.

Dr. John D. Check, piano, is Professor of Music at the University of Central Missouri where he teaches music theory. He is a member of the Americana trio, Luehrman, Shaffer and Check.

This program is free of cost for NMM Members!


If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate, please contact Disability Services at least 48 hours before an event. Students and the public can contact Disability Services at 605-658-3745 or Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources at 605-658-3660.

Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5:00:00 PM UTC

NMM LIVE! | Deborah Check Reeves and John Check, Klezmer



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