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Klezmer musician honored at Library of Congress

WASHINGTON (JTA) – A Jewish documenter and performer of Klezmer music was honored at the Library of Congress. Michael Alpert was among 15 artists recognized at the Library of Congress on Thursday, Oct. 1 as 2015 National Endowment of the Arts fellows. Announcing its fellows in June, the endowment described Alpert as a “key figure in the renaissance of East European Jewish music and culture worldwide since the 1970s.” A founder of the Klezmer band Kapelye, Alpert “is one of the only Yiddish singers of his generation adept in the style of pre-WWII generations,” the endowment said.

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