The West Philadelphia Orchestra & Rachel Colwell


April 14, 2024    
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Get ready to rock with Klezmer, Yiddish and Balkan music with the West Philadelphia Orchestra!  We will also have Special Guest, Rachel Colwell, Professor of Ethnomusicology at West Chester University to explain the origins of Klezmer. Food and drinks will also be available at the event.


West Philadelphia Orchestra (WPO) plays a wide-range of music, including traditional Balkan music (emphasis on Serbian and Macedonian repertoire), klezmer music rooted in Philadelphia’s klezmer tradition, New Orleans brass and 60s free jazz, in addition to punk, soul, hip hop frevo and ska. On stages and their many recordings, the band focuses on their original compositions which meld all of those influences together. Catch them at parties and on the streets and you’ll hear them playing whatever feels right for the moment. They have collaborated with artists and ensembles as varied as RJD2, Dr. Dog, Martha Graham Cracker, Johnny Showcase and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. With driving percussion, yawping tuba, wailing reeds and blaring trumpets, WPO’s sound hits hard and lifts the spirits.  You can learn more about the West Philadelphia Orchestra on their webpage.

Rachel Colwell is an Assistant Professor of ethnomusicologist at the Wells School of Music at West Chester University (WCU). She specializes in Tunisian Andalusi art music (mā’lūf) and listening practices. She received her Doctorate in Music at the University of California, Berkeley and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Studies and Anthropology at Oberlin College. She is currently teaching a course at WCU on Jewish Music Around the World and exploring Jewish histories of music performance in Tunisia and other parts of North Africa.
Learn more: Rachel Colwell’s profile.

 Registration is required.

There is no charge for this event but we suggest $18 per person over 18 years old.  Donations of any amount are always appreciated.