The Klezmer Music Foundation and its groups (Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, the Junior Klezmer Orchestra, the Salaam-Shalom Music Project, and three congregational bands) have all been put on hold through at least mid-May, or for however much longer public gatherings are banned.
Since the livelihood of our musicians is based upon public performances, I am appealing to those who can to make a tax-deductible donation that will go directly to our artists, who are all independent contractors. Every dollar we receive will go straight to them, to help them navigate this crisis. If you can donate anything from $5 up, please click on the Donate button and type MUSICIAN EMERGENCY FUND into the memo box. We will email you a tax letter and (as a gift from the band) an mp3 track from one of our CDs, to add a little cheer to your day.
Thank you for keeping the music and the musicians alive!
Lori Lippitz, Director
Klezmer Music Foundation
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Salaam-Shalom Music Project
The Premier Jewish Music & Cultural Experience
"It was wonderful to hear Chicago's Maxwell Street Klezmer Band cut loose so exuberantly…(They) brought the audience to its feet, cheering its approval."
-John von Rhein, Music Critic, Chicago Tribune,
Review of Klezmer Rhapsody, Chicago Symphony Center
What We Bring to Your Audience
36 years of experience as Chicago's original Klezmer revival band since 1983
Master musicianship and engaging entertainment
Programs tailored to audiences of all ages and backgrounds
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.
Weddings & Special Events: From ceremonies to Horas and Danceleading, from Big Band to Rock and Roll...we ensure everyone has a wonderful time. Smaller ensembles can perform for your anniversary party, birthday party or special event.
Concerts: From a quartet to a big band, Maxwell Street will compliment your concert series. To find out more, click here.
Educational Programming: From school concerts to colleges and senior homes, our workshops and educational concerts are sure to entertain, engage and educate.