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Feb. 27: “From Moses to Mostel: A History of the Jews (according to Musical Theatre),” hosted by Robert Klein, musical direction by Frank London. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., thetownhall.org.

Feb. 28: It’s chai time for the Afro-Semitic Experience as the spirited and spiritual jazz ensemble celebrates its 18th anniversary. Expect leaders Warren Byrd on piano and David Chevan on acoustic bass to be in fourth gear the whole way. Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St., eldridgestreet.org, (212) 219-0302.

Ongoing from March 3: The NY Klezmer Series, curated by Aaron Alexander, has relocated yet again, this time to Brooklyn and to Thursday nights. The schedule is still forming but the March 3 opener looks like a good one, featuring an all-star fidl kapelye featuring Alicia Svigals, as well as an instrumental workshop, dance session and jam session. For an up-to-date list of the programs, go to www.aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule. Jalopy Theater & School of Music, 315 Columbia St., Brooklyn, (718) 395-3214).

March 6: Ljova and the Kontraband brings its spirited and eclectic viola-based sound to Williamsburg for a one-night stand at one of the more interesting new performance venues in town. National Sawdust, 80 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn, nationalsawdust.org.

March 12: The superb vocal ensemble The Western Wind bids farewell to its co-founder and co-artistic director Elliot Levine with a program focusing on his compositions, most of which feature highly original Jewish liturgical music. Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St., kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch.

April 5: Frank London curates a week at The Stone, with appearances by the Shekhina Big Band, the Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Nigunim and a veritable who’s who of guests. The Stone (Avenue C and Second Street), thestonenyc.com.

May 15: Klezfest 2016, featuring Isle of Klezbos, Yiddish singer Maida Feingold, dancing and a jam
session. Sholem-Aleichem Cultural Center, 3301 Bainbridge Ave., Bronx, (917) 930-0295.

May 26: Yale Strom embarks on his most unusual project yet, a synthesis of Yiddish and Chinese folk musics, in an exploration of the Russian Jewish community of Harbin. Strom’s band Hot Pstromi will perform with the EastRiver Ensemble in what promises to be a unique event. Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St., eldridgestreet.org, (212) 219-0302).

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