Maxwell Street Klezmer BandLake County Community Concerts reciprocity Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

September 18, 2011
3:00 p.m.

A True Klezmer Band!
Jewish folk music rich with energy and emotion!

Klezmer music opens the door to a world rich with energy and emotion. The klezmorim of Eastern Europe (Jewish folk musicians who played for celebrations) drew upon both the lyrical, haunting melodies of cantors and the boisterous dances of the Russians, Rumanians, Poles, and other surrounding cultures to create a unique and evocative style of their own.

Clarinet, saxophone, violin, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and percussion make up the band, rounded out by a duet of female singers. Musical Director Alex Koffman spices the bandís potpourri of Yiddish songs, dance and theater music with his original arrangements, inspired by his classical and jazz background.

With its big band instrumentation, Maxwell Street moves easily among various styles: Russian and gypsy music, folk songs, theater songs and Yiddish pop songs from the 1920's-50's. Their performance creates a multi-dimensional picture of the lost Jewish culture of Eastern Europe, spiced with vignettes of America seen through immigrant eyes.

Over the years, the band has performed on stages across the country (including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center) and played nine tours in Europe. Their third CD, You Should Be So Lucky!, is one of the ten best-selling klezmer recordings in America.

“...Delightful...gorgeous violin playing. ”

-- Chicago Tribune



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Reciprocity Concerts

Bonus Concerts! Your subscription to LCCCA entitles you to four additional concerts at no extra charge! They are presented by our sister association, Northwest Suburban Community Concert Association
(Formerly the Arlington Heights Community Concert Association).

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band - Lake County Concert reciprocity concertMaxwell Street
Klezmer Band

Sept.18, 2011
Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Forest View Educational Center

Mark Valenti - LCCCA reciprocity concertMark Valenti
October 30, 2011
Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Forest View Educational Center

Smith and Adams LCCCA reciprocity concertSmith and Adams
March 18, 2012
Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Forest View Educational Center

Legacy of Floyd CramerLegacy of Floyd Cramer, with Grandson Jason Coleman
April 29, 2012
Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Forest View Educational Center

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  • Orlin Trapp Auditorium - Lake County Community Concert Association.
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  • Forest View Educational Center - Northwest Suburban Community Concert Association
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  • Genesee Theater - Lake County Community Concert Assocation.
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