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Central Pennsylvania's grass-roots voice for folk music and dance!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Sun, December 6 - Jewish Musical Traditions: a Virtual Residency

Jewish Musical Traditions: a Virtual Residency Online

Four FREE workshops exploring Klezmer, the mesmerizing musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. Five groundbreaking female Klezmer musicians from around the country join in this virtual residency: Susan Leviton (vocals), Lauren Brody (accordion, vocals), Cookie Segelstein (violin), Ilene Stahl (clarinet), and Susan Watts (trumpet, vocals). Four virtual workshops on Sunday, December 6. MORE

Dec 6, 10 am - Residency Session 1

The Klezmer Awakening: A Conversation with Two Musicians. Join folklorist Amy Skillman for a conversation with violinist Cookie Segelstein and clarinetist Ilene Stahl exploring the revival of Klezmer music in the US, the aesthetics of the tradition, and the relationship of the sound to both secular and spiritual identity. The first of 4 sessions in our Jewish Musical Traditions Virtual Residency. MORE

Dec 6, 11:15 am - Residency Session 2

Sing Out! Bring Your Voices and Instruments. An opportunity to learn by singing, playing along, or just listening as we explore several songs under the umbrella of Jewish music, both traditional and newly composed. With Lauren Brody and Susan Leviton. The second of 4 sessions in our Jewish Musical Traditions Virtual Residency. MORE

Dec 6, 1:15 pm - Residency Session 3

Klezmer Suffrage: An Interview with Women in Jewish Music. Lauren Brody, Susan Leviton, Cookie Segelstein and Ilene Stahl, along with moderator Susan Hoffman Watts, share the extraordinary and diverse family histories and personal journeys of five women who have crafted lives in Jewish music. The third of 4 sessions in our Jewish Musical Traditions Virtual Residency. MORE

Dec 6, 3 pm - Residency Session 4

“Whose Song is This?” The Wonders of Song Migration. All of the musicians contribute to a whirlwind exploration of how the tangled roots of songs lead to the widest variety of musical expression over time, geography, and even political boundaries! This session will culminate in finale performances to cap a great day of musical exploration. The final session in our Jewish Musical Traditions Virtual Residency. MORE

Sun, December 13 - John McCutcheon - MEMBER CONCERT!

John McCutcheon - MEMBER CONCERT! Online

We're celebrating OUR MEMBERS with a special free concert! Master folk musician John McCutcheon is admired around the globe, and Susquehanna Folks love to see him on our concert schedule. This concert is not available to the general public — it's free for our members, and if you're not yet a member, we invite you to join! Live-streamed concert on Sunday, December 13. MORE

SFMS Folk Arts Center

SFMS and Penn State Harrisburg are partnering to present Artist to Artist, a mini-series of virtual residencies, through our new Susquehanna Folk Arts Center. These FREE events will explore various artistic traditions from both a regional and a global perspective.

Jewish Musical Traditions
Sunday, Dec 6 - learn more

graphic: 'Artist to Artist: a virtual residency' with small photos of the five artists and logos for sponsoring organizations

Coming up on Sunday, December 6: five groundbreaking female musicians lead our exploration of Klezmer, LIVE from Penn State Harrisburg's Kulkarni Theatre.

Susquehanna Folk is one of a statewide network of folk arts partners supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The Folk Arts Center is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. EXPLORE THE FOLK ARTS CENTER

SFMS Folk Arts Center

We are excited to launch the SFMS Folk Arts Center, a regional hub for traditional artists, information, projects, and arts events. Find it under our COMMUNITY tab.

Our Folk Artist Gallery showcases the diversity of traditional arts in our region. In-depth artist profiles, based on fieldwork by our professional folklorist, will be added throughout the coming months.

Rachita Nambiar
Rachita Nambiar of Dauphin County, PA, practices and teaches Bharatanatyam dance, an intricate, centuries-old classical dance tradition from southern India. Her profile, like all of the Gallery articles, is rich with photos, audio, video and narrative.

Susquehanna Folk is one of a statewide network of folk arts partners supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The Folk Arts Center is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. EXPLORE THE FOLK ARTS CENTER

The board and staff of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society remain committed to celebrating and affirming diverse cultures through programming which explores the music, dance, craft and stories of many people. We stand in complete solidarity with the Black community and all marginalized communities to join in the growing chorus of voices speaking out against injustice, bigotry and racial violence.

PULLING TOGETHER

Those who play and present music for a living are in difficult straits right now, along with restaurant staff, service workers, and so many others. If you are in a position to do so, please support your community in whatever ways you can.

If you play an instrument, you might consider reaching out to any musician you admire and asking about lessons via video-call. Many of them suddenly have more time and less income than usual! Ask your local music store owner if you can buy a gift certificate. See if the pub down the street is offering carry-out. Support an arts nonprofit whose work you believe in (like SFMS! among others).

Pull together with your community and do what you can. Together we'll get through this.