“There’s a giant chip on the shoulder of those who love musics of the world when it comes to klezmer.”
The King of Second Avenue’s one-joke shtick wears out long before the end of this 90-minute musical.
To my mind, with Assembly of the Souls, composer Eitan Steinberg is working in Pulitzer contention territory.
“We’re in this really great place now where the music [klezmer] can sound fairly traditional in style but at the same time we can do more in-depth arrangements.”
The documentary “The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground” is pleasing to watch, but there are a number of ways of respecting as well as loving great artists, the most important being coming up with the chutzpah necessary to ask the tough questions that generate illuminating, inspiring, or interesting answers.