Klezmer band comes to Farmington Hills museum

Renowned Klezmer musician Yale Strom and his band Hot Pstromi will perform during “A Taste of Klezmer,” held at 7 p.m. on April 6 at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.

Yale Strom
Yale Strom (Contributed photo)

An artist-in-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University, Strom is a Detroit native and leading Klezmer expert. He grew up in Oak Park and Detroit, attending Vernor Elementary Middle School until 1970, when his father got a job as a professor at San Diego State. Known for his 12 books, 15 recordings and eight documentaries, Strom will perform that evening with two members of Hot Pstromi: his wife Elizabeth Schwartz, a singer, and Peter Stan, an accordionist.

“If it wasn’t for the opportunity I was given at Vernor and by Mrs. Baker, my first violin teacher, I am certain my life’s journey would be completely different from what it has been so far,” Strom said. “I am excited to share the joy Klezmer music brings to me with the people of my hometown.”

Adds Cheryl Guyer, Holocaust Memorial Center’s interim executive director, “Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi are one of the best in the business. We are privileged to have the opportunity to welcome him back to metropolitan Detroit, along with Elizabeth and Peter, so that they may share their wonderful music and stories with us.”

The admission charge for the event is membership to the Holocaust Memorial Center, which also provides an entire household with a year of complimentary museum admission. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. To RSVP or to learn more, contact Ruth Stern at 248-553-2400 x 119 or at ruth.stern@holocaustcenter.org.

For more information on membership visit holocaustcenter.org/membership.