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Elaine Hoffman Watts & Susan Watts

Elaine Hoffman Watts is a third-generation klezmer musician, scion of the great Philadelphia Hoffman family of klezmorim, and the 2007 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship Award. The first woman percussionist to be accepted at Curtis Institute, from which she graduated in 1954. Watts has performed and taught for more than forty years, working in symphonies, theaters, and schools. Despite her considerable skills and family heritage, in her youth Ms. Watts was seldom given opportunities to perform, as many klezmer bands in the 1940s (and beyond) didn\'t want to employ a woman, even the great Jacob Hoffman\'s daughter.

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