The Springfield Free Public Library invites the community to celebrate 50 years of library service at its current location of 66 Mountain Avenue at 2:00 PM on Sunday February 24, with a festive performance of Klezmer music by the Odessa Klezmer Band.
In addition to bandleader Ed Goldberg who is also is the group’s accordionist and vocalist, other members of the ensemble include Stan Kaplan on saxophone and clarinet, Bob “Mose” Marsley on percussion and Ellen Hodges on tambourine. Klezmer is the name given to celebratory music of the Jews of Eastern Europe although it also reflects the influence of musical styles from Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Germany. As Klezmer musicians migrated to America between 1880 and 1924, the sounds of American jazz also became an important influence on the Klezmer tradition.
Although the cornerstone of the library’s current building is inscribed with the year 1966, the library building we know today did not actually open to the public until February 24, 1969. The February 24 concert is one of a series of celebratory events that the library will hold throughout the year in honor of reaching this 50th anniversary milestone.
This program is free and open to all members of the general public. Although the actual performance will not begin until 2:00 PM, the doors will open at 1:15 and anniversary cake will be served. Attendees are also encouraged to come dressed like it’s 1969.