Book presentation, reading & concert

**Der letzte Klezmer – Das Leben des Leopold Koz?owski-Kleinman** ![/sites/default/files/old/2187.JPG:right]("" "")Leopold Koz?owski-Kleinman is a legend not only in Poland. The 89-year-old fills concert halls wherever he appears. He has made it his life’s work to keep up the centuries-old tradition of klezmorim. In Poland he is famous as the “last klezmer of Galicia” and founder of the world-renowned Klezmer Festival in Krakow. He comes from a family of traditional klezmorim: his uncle was the legendary clarinetist Naftule Brandwein, who was a celebrated virtuoso in 1920s New York. Leopold also discovered his love of music at an early age. As a boy he played in his father’s ensemble. He is the only member of his family to have escaped extermination by the Nazis. The writer Jacek Cygan tells the story of his friend. The German translation of this sensitive portrait was published in October 2012 by Metropol Verlag under the title “Der letzte Klezmer. Das Leben des Leopold Koz?owski.” Jacek Cygan, born 1950, is a Polish poet and author of over 1,000 song lyrics for the most prominent representatives of Poland’s music scene. He received an award in 2007 for his poetry album “Ambulanza”. Guest: Jacek Cygan, Author Reading: Detlev Eckstein, Burgtheater Music: Maciej Golebiowski – clarinet Moderation: Angela Henkel Free admission _Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse 11 1010 Vienna_