Klezmer and Folk Dance Tour
Bucharest, Sinaia, Brasov, Sibiu
Folk Dancing, Klezmer, Folk Music, Art, History, Culture, Adventure !
When: October 24-November 6, 2022
Led by: Jim Gold, Nancy Hoffman,
Benjy Fox-Rosen, Carl Dimow
and Lee Friedman
★ 4-days of Klezmer in Sibiu
★ Romanian and International folk dancing
★ See Wallachia and Transylvania
★ Jam sessions! Bring instruments
★ Castles, palaces, historic sites, and museums
★ Breathtaking scenery from mountains to sea
★ Visit villages, dance with traditional village groups
★ Price includes round trip air, city tours, transfers, hotels, two meals daily, our own private air-conditioned tour bus, all entrance and performance fees
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★ Romania tour a front page story!
Price: Land Only: $4495 approx
*Download Romania itinerary pdf.
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Day 1: Monday, October 24:
Flight from USA to Bucharest on Lufthansa, or airline of your choice.
Arrival in Bucharest. Meet our guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Check-in at the hotel. Welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Bucharest .
Half day sightseeing tour of Bucharest is a perfect way to familiarize yourself with the five-century-old capital of Romania. Stopover in the Revolution Square and in the Constitution Square, in front of the Palace of Parliament, Ceausescu’s huge dream house, second largest building in the world, surpassed only by the Pentagon building in Washington. We’ll include visits to the Metropolitan Church Patriarchal Church, to the Synagogue/Coral Temple, to the Village and Folk Art Museum Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon meeting with Romanian folk choreographer and dancers. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Bucharest.
Your Romanian countryside experience will start with a couple of hours drive north to Sinaia; stop-over in this beautiful mountain resort, well-known as the “Pearl of the Carpathians”. Situated on the outskirts of this resort city, amidst lovely sculpture gardens and fountains, surrounded by mountains, Peles Royal Castle is an exquisitely detailed landmark, a masterpiece of German New-Renaissance architecture. Rivaling the castle itself is the beautiful natural setting in which it stands. Once the summer residence of Romania’s kings, this spectacular castle, built at the end of the 19th century, is now one of Romania’s most beautiful museums, displaying priceless collections of weaponry, hand woven silk rugs and furniture, ceramics and sculptures. Lunch en route. A late afternoon drive will have you crossing the beautiful Southern Carpathian Mountains, through Prahova Valley, to Transylvania, to the mediaeval city of Brasov for check-in to your hotel.
Day 6: Saturday, October 29: BRASOV – POIANA BRASOV
After breakfast, a morning walking tour of this medieval town. Nested in the Central Carpathians, Brasov is the meeting point of the three Romanian regions: Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania. We’ll visit the Council Square, famous Black Church, largest Gothic Church between Vienna and Istanbul, the Synagogue, and stroll through cobbled streets and alleys packed with boutiques, cafes, shops, and cafeterias. Lunch. Then on to
Bran Castle, widely known as Dracula’s Castle, after Bram Stoker’s famous novel inspired by the Castle and our harsh ruler, Vlad the Impaler. It was built at the beginning of the 13th century by Knight Dietrich of the Teutonic Order, having a strategic mission being at the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. In the XX century, the Castle became a royal residence. Now it is open for visitors eager to broaden their history knowledge and thirsty of fabulous legends. Return to Brasov. Enjoy a scenic drive overlooking Brasov to the most Romanian ski mountain resort, Poiana Brasov, for a traditional dinner at a native restaurant with folk music or at a native restaurant in Brasov. Meeting with local Romanian folk dance group. Overnight in Brasov.
Day 7: Sunday, October 30:
Morning free in Brasov. Afternoon departure for Sibiu.
Morning tour of Sibiu. Lunch at hotel.
1:00-2:00 p.m. HOW KLEZMER WORKS – Carl Dimow offers the basics of Klezmer music. Its history and some of the distinctive characteristics of Klezmer. Listening to historic recordings from some of the Klezmer greats such as Naftule Brandwein and Dave Tarras, we will be able to hear the way that the sound was first recorded in the early 1900s.
2:30-3:30 p.m. MARUMURES SONGS from Max Eiskovits’ fieldwork in Viseu de Sus 1938 – 1939. Benjy Fox-Rosen will discuss and demonstrate the amazing collection of Yiddish songs collected by folklorist Max Eiskovits in the final moments before the outbreak of WW2.
4:00-5:00 p.m. DANCE CLASS Lee, Nancy and/or Jim teach Yiddish dances to live music.
5:30 – 7:30 – Dinner followed by an EVENING CONCERT /DANCE PARTY
Morning trip to see the Open AirASTRA Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization situated in the Dumbrava Forest; marvel at the unique old houses with genuine furniture and handmade rugs, clothes wooden craft objects in exquisite colors made by skilled artisans. A short drive from here will take you to Sibiel village for visiting the Museum of icons painted. Lunch at peasant house in Sibiel Village where local musicians and dancers will greet us. Return to hotel.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Basic Klezmer styling. The scales and rhythms that give Klezmer its distinctive sound and quality. Nancy and Carl offer the details of Klezmer music through musical examples that they play with Benjy. Bring your instruments if you have them, and join in the exploration of Ahava Raba (Freygish), and Mi shebeirach scales, plus the rhythms of Doinas, Zhoks and Bulgars.
2:00 – 3:00 – Yiddish songs to sing and play – Nancy 3. Hoffman offers some Yiddish songs that are easy to learn and sing along with. Favorite themes in Yiddish folk songs, theater songs and songs of the diaspora. Songs with simple niggunim (chant-like phrases) or repeated chorus sections which you can join in on or listen to. “Roumania, Roumania” can be included, too.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. MAMELIGE, KARNATZLECH UN VAYN: Yiddish Songs featuring Romanian foods. Benjy-Fox Rosen demonstrates/teaches Yiddish and Roumanian songs about food.
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Dinner at German Restaurant with EVENING CONCERT/JAM SESSION/DANCE PARTY
Day 10: Wednesday, November 2:
Morning departure for Medias Synagogue (arranged by Mr. Benjy Fox-Rosen.) See the carefully archived collection researched by Benjy’s wife Julie and others. Volunteers guide us through the history and current situation of this unrestored structure.
6:00 – 7:30 dinner
8:00 – 10:00 – EVENING – same location as dinner: Re-enactment of Traditional Jewish Wedding Ceremony with Dancing and Music. Specific dances, rituals and customs of the Traditional Jewish Wedding presented by the Klezmer staff, with everyone’s participation. Instruments and costumes welcome.
DAY 11: Thursday, November 3:
Morning departure to Sighisoara,. the most beautiful and best preserved, still inhabited, medieval citadel in the central and South-Eastern Europe, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking tour of Sighisoara. Wander through the town’s narrow streets with beautiful original architecture, pass by the Antler House, the Venetian House, original towers and secluded squares; you will feel that, due to the quiet, peaceful atmosphere, time seems to stand still here, trapped in the Middle Ages. Lunch in Sighisoara.
Day 12: Friday, November 4:
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Sibiu for Bucharest. En route visit scenic Curtea de Arges Monastery
and dramatic Vidraru dam lake high in the mountains.
Sightseeing tour of Bucharest is a perfect way to familiarize yourself with the five-century-old capital of Romania. Stopover in the Revolution Square and in the Constitution Square. Visit the Palace of Parliament, Ceausescu’s huge dream, now reality due to the enormous sacrifices of the Romanian people, the second largest building in the world, being surpassed only by the Pentagon building in Washington (in case the Palace of Parliament due to conferences etc. is closed for visiting another museum will be visited instead.) and the Village and Folk Art Museum – the largest in Europe, containing over 110 houses and old wooden churches and 11,000 objects of folk art, transported from all over the country.Farewell dinner with show. Overnight at a 4* hotel in Bucharest.
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