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Merry Christmas from a Jewish Atheist Pianist

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A Message from Sam Rudin:

When I was much younger, I, like many pianists, would get some lucrative gigs during the holidays, playing the seasonal favorites in the background of parties and events. And I used to think, “wouldn't it be great to play this stuff in a concert setting, for actual listeners?"

Clearly, in terms of heritage and beliefs, my connections to the holiday are slim. But as a sentient being in the USA, I am fully acculturated, and as a musician, I couldn't help noticing that, if I chose carefully, and stayed far away from Rudolph and Frosty...hey, a lot of this music is really good -and not just good, but flexibly available to a lot of interpretations. And, both as a player and a listener, I've always loved taking old things and making them new again.

So, in spite of the somewhat flippant headline, this will be an entirely respectful, and musically sincere evening - and an evening that turns out to be the most Christmas-y offering on our Calendar. So if you can't be with your family tonight, or if your own heritage and belief systems have you heading out for Chinese food - please stop by and and indulge in our shared musical tradition. And no!, the night will NOT include an obligatory chorus of "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel."

Sam Rudin is the creator and owner of The Back Room, and is also one of the most exciting pianists you are ever likely to hear.

"A master of musical Americana...his scope is near limitless...enormous talent." — Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express

Special holiday price: just $10. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Earlier Event: December 23
Peter Apfelbaum & Friends
Later Event: December 28
Ethan Ostrow Quartet