Programming

The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band has charmed audiences from Carnegie Hall to the Barbican Centre in London with their unique Klezmer Big Band sound. Classical sophistication crossed with theatrical fun meet in a world-class performance filled with joy, soul, and good humor.   

 

  • Chicago's original Klezmer revival band since 1983​

  • Master musicians and engaging entertainers​

  • Programs tailored to audiences of all ages and backgrounds

Junior Klezmer Orchestra (Youth)

Play an instrument?  Love to sing?  Interested in learning more about klezmer from members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and playing this great music in an ensemble of your peers?  The Junior Klezmer Orchestra is the place for you!  Since 1994, we have taught the art of klezmer to over 200 students, some of whom have gone on to start their own klezmer bands or pursue careers as professional musicians.  

The Salaam-Shalom Music Project (Cross-Cultural)

Drawing upon the traditional melodies of the Middle East and South Asia combined with those of Jewish music, Salaam-Shalom (which means “peace” in both Arabic and Hebrew) affirms the possibilities for mutual learning, enrichment and goodwill among Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Project members reach out to each other to teach and celebrate their heritage through music.

The Salaam-Shalom Music Project comprises distinguished artists from the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and the Arab and Muslim professional music community, including first- and second-generation artists from Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Jordan-Palestine, the former Soviet Union and the US. The ensemble draws from the wellsprings of ancestral folk songs and dances for their creativity. The oud (Arabic lute), daf (hand-held drum), ney (Arabic flute) as well as violin, clarinet and double bass create an entrancing atmosphere of spirit and spirituality.

The Whole Megillah

A dramatic musical and visual tour of the colorful history of Yiddish theatre from its beginnings in the late 1800s through its Golden Age... and beyond. Featuring Charles Troy, creator of over 50 multimedia presentations on musical theatre subjects, and the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.