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Junior Klezmer Orchestra
Alumni Feature: Then and Now

Daniel Shapiro


From playing Chicago Jewish music festivals, to legitimate 2-hour sets at the City Winery, to even playing on 98.7 WFMT National Radio, the Junior Klezmer Orchestra has taken me places I could never have imagined. Shoutout to everyone who has come and gone through this fantastic band, I wish I could do it all again...a huge thank you to Lori Lippitz, Alex Koffman, and all the other pro band members for tutoring this group, organizing it, and pouring their hearts and souls into this ensemble. The Maxwell Street Junior Klezmer Orchestra is truly a one-of-a-kind Gem that could not be found anywhere else in the world, all because of you guys...I've had an amazing time, and I wouldn't trade my experiences with this band for the world.

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