Bethel Woods Center for the Arts announced Wednesday a year-long partnership with folk and world music group Simple Gifts. The partnership includes workshops, performances and visits to Sullivan County schools over four multi-day experiences.
The first of these is Sept. 26-28, beginning with school visits Sept. 26 and 27, and workshops at Bethel Woods on Sept. 28. Further partnership experiences are Nov. 14-17, March 6-9, 2014, and April 24-27, 2014. A public performance by Simple Gifts is set for April 27 at Bethel Woods.
Meanwhile, the group will be performing Sunday at the World Celebration Festival, part of Bethel Woods’ Harvest Festival.
Simple Gifts is an ensemble of three women playing 12-15 instruments in songs from across the spectrum of world music, from Klezmer to Irish to Scandinavian to Appalachian. The group will be seeking Yiddish music experts while working in the Sullivan County area.