Music Educational Programming
An Illustrated History of Klezmer Music
Band founder Lori Lippitz gives a history of the development of the unique, multi-cultural phenomenon of klezmer music in an entertaining and informative lecture punctuated with musical examples from rare recordings, the 1930's-40's and modern klezmer bands. This lecture can also be supplemented with demonstrations by one, two or three band members.
The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band presents educational workshops, master classes and artist residencies for schools, colleges and universities. The following are a selection of workshops that can be tailored to the needs of classrooms or audiences.
- Instrumental Master Classes
Musicians coach woodwinds, strings, individuals and orchestras. Klezmer instrumental technique as well as ornamentation and improvisation are covered at all levels, culminating in an orchestral performance. Instructors provide sheet music and recorded examples.
- Lecture: An Illustrated History of Klezmer Music
The history and development of the unique, multi-cultural phenomenon of klezmer music in an entertaining and informative lecture punctuated with musical examples from early klezmer recordings to make this both educational and entertaining. This lecture can also be supplemented with live musical demonstrations.
- Jumping Klezmer! Children's Performances (K-8th Grade)
The band demonstrates what a klezmer band is, while introducing children to the instruments through rhythm and participation songs, with a view toward promoting the uniqueness of each child's own ethnic heritage. Teachers, take note: You might be called upon to learn the hora!
- Dance to the Music! Eastern European Jewish Dance Workshop
"Dancin' Steve" Weintraub, Klezmer Dance Master, teaches traditional group dances, accompanied by a quartet. It finishes with a klezmer dance party!
- Klezmer Institute: Week or Weekend
Our musicians and Dance Master teach and rehearse in hands-on sessions with instrumentalists and singers, to pass along the essentials of the Yiddish and klezmer musical style. The week or weekend culminates with a performance by the student ensembles. The band organized and led an annual klezmer institute weekend in Chicago from 1995-2000. Guest artists have included Theodore Bikel, who says, "These are fine musicians...they care about the music. And when they care--I care."