Mazel Tov Cocktail Party! At Princeton Festival
Pictured Above: Klezmer Clarinetist David Krakauer. Photo Credit: Colette Y Benjamin.
Newsroom Post: PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
Princeton, NJ – On Wednesday, June 21 at 7pm, the Princeton Festival presents Mazel Tov Cocktail Party!, a musical, genre-defying “good vibes explosion” was conceived by klezmer clarinetist David
Krakauer and his creative partner, pianist Kathleen Tagg in response to the current climate of polarization. They invite everyone to come celebrate their shared humanity at an evening rooted in fast-
paced party music, performed by a multi-generational group of collaborators from an array of backgrounds. Featuring a critically acclaimed and groundbreaking sound, Mazel Tov Cocktail Party! takes place in the tented performance pavilion on the grounds of beautiful Morven Museum and Garden.
Mazel Tov Cocktail Party! showcases an international crew of high-octane musicians. “Ebullient clarinet
wizard” (Time Out NY) David Krakauer is a master clarinetist and Kathleen Tagg demonstrates her versatility on piano, keyboard, accordion, and cello. Rapper Sarah MK keeps trenchant rhymes in sync with Yoshie Fruchter on electric guitar and oud, Jerome Harris on bass, and Iranian dynamo Martin Shamoonpour on daf and jaw’s harp.
Pictured Above: Mazel Tov Cocktail Party! Photo Credit: Contributed.
Mazel Tov Cocktail Party! is the brainchild of Grammy- and Juno-nominated soloist, band leader, and
composer David Krakauer and South African pianist Kathleen Tagg. Krakauer is a key innovator in
modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. He frequently appears with the world’s finest
orchestras including the Amsterdam Sinonietta, Orchestre de Lyon, Dresdener Philharmonie, A Far Cry
and the Seattle Symphony. Krakauer’s discography includes The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac Blind
(Nonesuch), The Twelve Tribes (Label Bleu), and Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition
Tempest Fantasy (Naxos). His unique sound can be heard in Danny Elfman’s score for the Ang Lee film
Taking Woodstock and throughout Sally Potter’s The Tango Lesson. Tagg has performed with an array of
instrumentalists and singers in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Space.
She is becoming known for her distinctive sound and unique language at the piano, made up of
techniques she has developed and experimented with to expand the piano into a full electro-acoustic
Tickets for the June 21 Mazel Tov Cocktail Party! performance at the Princeton Festival on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden range from $15 – $75; youths 5-17 receive a 50% discount with an adult
purchase. For additional information or to order tickets, visit princetonsymphony.org or call (609) 497-