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The Isle of Klezbos to Perform at Congregation Mishkan Israel

On Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 pm, Congregation Mishkan Israel presents a fun and appealing concert by the all-female klezmer powerhouse Isle of Klezbos. The band has been hailed as “brilliant, intense, [and] eclectic” by New York Music Daily for its “intoxicating mix of a hundred years’ worth of classic and original klezmer, Latin, jazz, and film music.”

This will be a special octet appearance by the genre-defying Isle of Klezbos, which usually performs as a sextet. HEEB Magazine loves the band’s “sumptuous sound,” and Edge New York City raves, “These ladies are damned good musicians, period.” The group has toured from Vienna to Vancouver and has been seen on CBS Sunday Morning as well as CNN and PBS.

“Jewish music is a celebration of our diversity,” said Cantor Arthur Giglio of Congregation Mishkan Israel (CMI), “and what better way for CMI to celebrate our diversity than to present the Isle of Klezbos? They are not just any female klezmer band; these extraordinarily talented musicians are the musical ethos of our diversity and inclusiveness. Their music spans multiple styles and genres. They represent all that makes Reform Judaism unique.”

Doors open at 3:30 pm, and the concert begins at 4:00. Audiences should arrive early to get the best seats. The concert takes place at Congregation Mishkan Israel, located at 785 Ridge Road in Hamden. This is a family-friendly event.

Tickets are $36, with a special price of $10 for children 6 and up and college students. Children age 5 and under are free! Tickets can be purchased online at

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