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Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Thu, August 5 @ 7:30 pm$32 – $38
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Featuring Vocalist Lisa Fishman
A special performance by the full big band configuration!
Rain Date: Thu, 8/05 socially distanced inside Center Theatre
“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
The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band has charmed audiences from New York’s 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.
For this special concert with the full big band configuration, long-time Maxwell Street vocalist Lisa Fishman will be flying in to headline the event. Now a lauded musical theater artist in New York and Los Angeles, Fishman was recently featured in the Off-Broadway sensation, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, directed by film and stage star, Joel Grey.
About Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Founded in 1983 by Lori Lippitz, Maxwell Street has played at Carnegie Hall, toured Europe, and provided the celebratory soundtrack for Chicagoland’s simchas (Jewish parties) for almost 4 decades. The band marked its 30th “Bandiversary” at The Old Town School of Folk Music in 2013, and will return there for its 40th Anniversary Concert in 2023. The band was featured with The Lyric Opera of Chicago in the world’s first klezmer opera and performed with Chicago Sinfonietta in a classical klezmer composition created for violinist Alex Koffman (“Klezmer Rhapsody” by Ilya Levinson) at Chicago’s Symphony Center.
Maxwell Street has five commercial CDs (Shanachie Entertainment). As part of their grassroots mission through their not for profit (Klezmer Music Foundation), Maxwell Street directs three community klezmer bands and the Junior Klezmer Orchestra. They are also the founder of the interfaith ensemble, The Salaam-Shalom Music Project.
The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band preserves and innovates the traditional performance style of Eastern European immigrant musicians. The band’s violinist and musical director, Alex Koffman, and co-founder, clarinetist/saxophonist Shelley Yoelin, meld their classical and jazz sensibilities into a unique sound that pleases audiences of all ages.
About Lisa Fishman
Singer, actress, songwriter and recording artist Lisa Fishman has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe in a diverse career that spans klezmer music and Yiddish theater, musical theater and children’s television, pop, rock, jazz, blues and originals. Lisa is the featured vocalist on Maxwell Street Klezmer Band’s popular third album, You Should Be So Lucky!
As a musical theater actress, Lisa most recently played Bobe Tsaytl (“Grandma Tzeitl”) and performed as understudy for the roles of Golde, Yente, and Sheyndl, in the 2019 Off-Broadway sensation, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (Fidler afn Dakh), directed by the legendary Joel Grey. Lisa was also featured in the Drama Desk-nominated Off Broadway hit, On Second Avenue. She recently performed alongside Broadway stars Mike Burstyn and Bruce Adler, in Bruce Adler, A, B, C. Additional Off-Broadway credits include The Troubadour in Shpiel, Shpiel, Shpiel, and Leyele in Gimpl Tam at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. Regional Theater credits include playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Nancy in Oliver, Fanny Brice & Emma Goldman in Tintypes, and the chanteuse in Ghetto Cabaret.
As a concert artist of Jewish music, Lisa has shared the stage with many musical luminaries including Itzhak Perlman, Mandy Patinkin, Theodore Bikel, Claire Barry of The Barry Sisters, Zalmen Mlotek, Fyvush Finkel, Seymour Rechzeit, and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Lisa has sung backup for the legendary Jewish singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman in concert at Carnegie Hall. A songwriter in her own right, Lisa created and performs in an original one-woman show.