Our current programs

MERRY NIGHTS

The leading Dutch klezmer band celebrates its 12.5th birthday together with klezmer clarinettist Christian Dawid. We want to celebrate this occasion with our audiences in the form of a joyful jubilee concert. In this new programme we celebrate life itself!
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IDA'S SUITCASE

Violinist Bert Vos,  together with his band the Klezmer Society, tells the unbelievable story of his mother, the Dutch-Jewish writer Ida Vos. As a young Jewish girl, Ida Vos had to live in hiding during World War II. As an adult, she wrote five children’s books on this theme, including the award-winning ‘Hide and Seek’. 
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MERRY NIGHTS

The leading Dutch klezmer band celebrates its 12.5th birthday together with klezmer clarinettist Christian Dawid. We want to celebrate this occasion with our audiences in the form of a joyful jubilee concert. In this new programme we celebrate life itself! The name, Merry Nights, is taken from an exhilarating Klezmer composition that was re-discovered in the EMI-archives in London. The programme is enriched by fascinating and individual stories, narrated by the musicians themselves. 

The Klezmer Society derives its inspiration both from Yiddish wedding music from Eastern Europe, as from the bolder klezmer music played in the cities. This music was not only performed at weddings, but also in concert halls. It is highly theatrical, requiring both virtuosity as well as a large dose of chutzpah. 

The title composition ‘Merry Nights at the Café Chantant’ refers to the illustrious locales where people gathered at the start of last century to celebrate the good life. Klezmer musicians played an integral role in this, evoking excitement and emotions. The Klezmer Society wants to follow in their footsteps with a wealth of its own, as well as traditional compositions. Violinist Bert Vos composed an ode to his favourite word as a child: the evocative Yiddish word Nebbish. Christian Dawid wrote the ‘Vinter Nign’, a haunting melancholic song without words.

Ida's Suitcase

Violinist Bert Vos,  together with his band the Klezmer Society, tells the unbelievable story of his mother, the Dutch-Jewish writer Ida Vos. As a young Jewish girl, Ida Vos had to live in hiding during World War II. As an adult, she wrote five children’s books on this theme, including the award-winning ‘Hide and Seek’. 

The suitcase of Ida Vos is a striking school performance in which World War II is brought to life through a personal story that every child can relate to. The klezmer music emphasizes, yet also lightens the narrative. The performance does not only discuss events from World War II; universal themes such as bullying and exclusion also play an important role. 

The suitcase of Ida Vos goes beyond many other performances about World War II, as the children do not just watch, but also participate themselves. Images from history books come alive and get a voice. The children participate in experiences such as having to be quiet when living in hiding, wearing a Jewish star on their clothes, and not being allowed into the park. Furthermore, the audience witnesses a chuppah, a real Jewish wedding. The band plays wedding music and the guests clap along! And, did you know that superheroes already existed during World War II?

For more information: www.hetkoffertjevanidavos.nl (in Dutch)