Our Story

The Nu Haven Kapelye was formed in the late 1990s when a small group of local musicians came together to create a concert of Jewish music for the greater New Haven community on December 25. Over the last 15 years, the group has become a full-fledged year-round klezmer big band. Our members include professional musicians, students, and a whole bunch of amateur community members who love to make music. Each year, more musicians have joined the group to sing or play.  When we perform, we can number anywhere from six to more than 30 musicians. That probably makes us one of the biggest klezmer bands anywhere, and we can certainly lay claim to being the largest klezmer group in Southern New England.  In addition to our annual December concert, we’ve played at concerts, summer festivals, weddings, and bar and bat mitzvahs.

International Festival of Arts & Ideas - New Haven - June 18, 2015

International Festival of Arts & Ideas - New Haven - June 18, 2015

Musicians & Alumni

Over the years we've had a lot of musicians play in the Kapelye. Here’s a list of most of them, with the most recently in action in green) 


drums
Jay Miles, Logan Sidle, Jesse Chevan, Jacob Zonderman, Stanley Friedman
 
guitars, mandolins, etc.
Michael Allen, Henry Sidle, Jonathan Zabin, Seth Zabin, Louis Pollison, Bennett Kottler, Martin Levson, David Sack, guitar; Craig Harwood, Al Harary, mandolin
 
trombone
Michael Ross, Isaiah Cooper, Jim Berger
 
trumpet
Sophia Colodner, Ben Kerman, Noah Chevan, Jason Jacoby, Ari Kagan, Sarah Gans, Mike Moss z"l
 
saxophone
Dalton King, Richard Blum, Miles Singer, Mandi Jackson, Joel Abraham, Jessica Bloom, David Elkin-Ginetti, Fred Lowenbaum z"l 
 
violin
Stacy Phillips z"l,  Jacob Begemann, Seth Rosenthal, Steve Jacobs, Ari Kagan, Yoni Battat, Jacob Pollison 
 
flute
Anna Reisman, Cary Jacobs, Elise Miller, Elana Kagan, Meri Harary Fleischman
 
clarinet
Jim Serling, Eli Zabin, Nancy Horowitz, Eran Avni-Singer, Olivia Gross, Will Bartlett
 
accordion
Dana Astmann, Christina Crowder, Fred Smith
 
bass
David Chevan, Jonathan Zabin, Sheri Levson

the singers
Hedda Rubinstein,  Jackie Sidle, Cynthia Astmann, Cantor Arthur Giglio, Lauri Lowell, Linda Soha, Yoni Battat, Jonathan Zabin, Michael Allen, Bert Belford, Cantor Shoshana Lash, Cantor Dorothy Goldberg, Laurel Shader, Anna Zonderman, Sascha von Crewald, Stacey Wyner, Cantor Martin Levson, Seth Zabin

cello 
Jill Polisson

baritone horn  
Dorothy Payne 

pianists  
Dani Battat,  Dan Lovins,  Bob Cooper,  Richard Gans,  Eli Zabin

Whitneyville Festival - Hamden - September 12, 2015

Whitneyville Festival - Hamden - September 12, 2015