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Schmaltz Klezmer Ensemble

The Schmaltz Klezmer Ensemble was the brainchild of Rick May, who recruited musicians from Congregation Shir Tikvah of Troy, Michigan. Starting out in the early 2000's as a band for the synagogue to have "play a little Klezmer music" as part of a service, event, or at a wedding. The band grew in scope to the point where it's members had performed at larger events with audiences numbering in the thousands, and once performing for Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. The last full concert the band performed was an educational concert on the history of Klezmer, performed in July 2010, just two weeks prior to Rick being diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer.