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Mazel Tov! The Junior Klezmer Orchestra celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2024

On May 2, 2024, current and past members of the Junior Klezmer Orchestra joined their mentors from the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band for a 30th Anniversary Concert. The 40 performers included Ian Weinberger, Musical Director of Hamilton on Broadway, and musicians from around the country.

Video including "then and now" videos, a slideshow, and tributes from JKO Alumni:

Photos from the 30th Anniversary Show: coming soon.

Video from the 30th Anniversary Show: expected in Summer 2024. 

Our Vision

In 1994, The Klezmer Music Foundation was founded to 

keep klezmer music alive and flourishing through education and outreach. Today, it thrives and offers programs to keep: 

  • teaching the art of klezmer and Yiddish music to today's young musicians.

  • reaching out to seniors, school children, and other audiences who would not otherwise have the opportunity to see live performances of klezmer music.

  • being musical ambassadors to the community and the world through collaboration in the arts.

Klezmer Music Foundation in Action:

Learn More About Us:

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The Klezmer Music Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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