Coming soon: Katsh and Bresler together again


On Sunday, June 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., fans will be able to enjoy a sound not heard in years – and new friends will find out what the buzz is all about. Shelley Katsh and Fishel Bresler were a legend among lovers of Jewish music throughout New England for nearly two decades. In particular, their Dec. 24 shows used to draw a large and enthusiastic crowd, first to Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, and later to Congregation Ohawe Shalom in Pawtucket. Those who have never heard them can sample their music on some of the tracks of Bresler’s CD “In Vald,” which can be previewed at no cost at CD Baby.

In coffeehouses, concerts, community celebrations, weddings, and other venues, as a duo and as part of a band, Katsh (on piano and accordion) and Bresler (on clarinet, flute, mandolin, harmonica and guitar) created an almost magical atmosphere with their performances of hassidic, klezmer, and original melodies. A typical show might range from deep, quiet nigunim, through raucous uptempo dance tunes, to off-the-cuff  and often offbeat  humor. Their performances have been described as dazzling and memorable.

They have not performed together in more than six years. They are reuniting for one concert as a fundraiser for the Danielle Bessler Foundation, a fund created to teach robotics and Artificial Intelligence to disadvantaged children. It was created in memory of Providence native Danielle Bessler, herself a very gifted coder. At this show Bresler and Katsh will be joined by veteran percussionist Michael Goldberg. It promises to be an exciting afternoon.

The event will take place at Congregation Beth Sholom, 275 Camp St., Providence, and will include food as well as music. This is one instance where the overused phrase, “Not to be missed,” truly applies ... so mark your calendar.

Call 401-465-0225 for reservations or details.