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SUNDAY

Take it from me: Once you’ve mastered the jump from F major to A7, there are few more joyous pastimes on this planet than playing “Bessarabier Chosid’l” on the accordion. But even if you’re the listening type, klezmer—lively, complex, full of folk muscle, and tinged with minor-key sorrow—is one of music’s largely unsung delights. In his fascinating, comprehensive book, The Essential Klezmer, Seth Rogovoy has traced the development of the form from its roots in Jewish ritual music to its resurgence as the jazz vibrancy in swing bands to its contemporary revival among avant-garde composers and musicians. He’ll be rockin’ the shtetl today in Rockville with a lecture followed by a performance from some local klezmer musicians, and if the plaintive clarinet trills and irresistible rhythms don’t have you doing the honga between the shelves, well, maybe you’d better start with a simple freilich and work your way up. Rogovoy discusses his book at 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Free. (301) 881-0237. (Arion Berger)