The accordion was a popular instrument in 19th-century Eastern Europe. When new immigrants made the trip overseas to America, many accordions came with them. As a result, the instrument played a prominent role in the musical life of the Lower East Side. Then, the sounds of the accordion evoked the old country but today, musicians from around the globe are breathing new life and traditions into this oldtime instrument. Join us as we celebrate the accordion’s longstanding legacy! In our historic sanctuary, accordionists Robert Gotfried, James Keane, Ismail Butera and Angel “Arison” Gutierrez will merge global sounds including Klezmer, Irish, Balkan and more! This program was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.