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Folk group Big Galut(e) to entertain audiences in Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - What do you get when you combine equal parts Fiddler On The Roof, European café band, and classical chamber ensemble, and then throw in a dash of the Marx Brothers and Woody Allen? You get Big Galut(e), back on the Honolulu Chamber Music Series by popular demand.

The group's sold-out Honolulu performance two years ago smiled and laughed while listening to the genre-bending blend of klezmer music and other musics of the Jewish diaspora. Presenting music of five centuries and as many continents, Big Galut(e) concerts include melodies from Poland, Russia, Rumania, France, Italy, America, Argentina and Turkey.

Along with a mind-boggling array of unlikely instruments come songs both serious and comic, in a variety of languages. And devoted to the idea that audiences should have just as much fun as performers, the Galutes make sure that, sooner or later, everybody gets a chance to sing along.

Joining them on stage again will be Hawaii soprano Rachel Schutz, who'll be singing Gustav Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer and also Spanish and Jewish music. Welsh-born Schutz has performed at Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, Varinia Festial, Ojai Festival, Tanglewood, and the Santa Fe Opera. She'll make her Hawaii Opera Theatre debut this year in Sweeney Todd.

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