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Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra, Klezmer, Gypsy Music

Photograph Copyright and Courtesy of Barbara Pedrick.

The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra is a flashy eight-piece band that hits the stage in a frenzy of sound, colour and movement.

Led by singer Marion Siegel the band has a big, brassy, swaggering sound they exploit to the fullest, with their repertoire of fast danceable music. There are many musical sides to this swinging and versatile orchestra. The band shifts effortlessly from the basic klezmer forms such as freylachs and bulgars to swing and jazz-influenced sounds, with shades of New Orleans style marching bands and even bluegrass thrown in.

Marion’s vocal repertoire takes the band in and out of Yiddish music halls, Greek rembetika, speakeasies,¬† French coffee houses and the caravans of Eastern Europe On stage. This vibrant, exciting group is liable to take the audience on an unforgettable¬† journey that spans many borders!


The Y.C.S.O owes much of its performance style to the Yiddish musical theatre and radio shows that evolved on the Lower East Side of New York To the roughly two million Eastern European Jews who came to the new world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, musical theatre provided a distraction from the struggles facing the new immigrant. They enjoyed the familiar sounds of their homeland, but they were also interested in becoming modern and fitting in with their new society. Musicians like Irving Berlin, Dave Tarras, and George Gershwin came out of this melting pot. They blended klezmer with elements of swing and jazz, along with the sounds of Tin Pan Alley, and the popular music of the day, creating a whole new world of possibilities for the traditional music the Jews brought to North America.

Join us at PAGLIACCI’S Restaurant 1011 Broad St. 250.386.1662 Alternate Sundays 8-10pm.

March 29, April 12,26, May 10,24, June 7,21, July 5,19, Aug 2,16,30 , Sept 6 Cameron Bandshell , Sept 13, 27….

Watch the ¬†live in action at the White Eagle Hall, Victoria this past February….what a performance!

2 comments on “About

  1. Great. We saw them at Pagliacci’ s Restaurant tonight. Really a wonderful evenning.
    Martin und Elke Germany

  2. Hi
    Looking for a klezma Banff for a wedding August sat 1st 2020
    Are you able? Is Tom Ackerman still with you?
    Larry Kahn 2505161321

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