KlezKidz brings to life an interactive concert of Jewish music and mirth from around the world, including Jewish folk songs, Chassidic rock, Israeli, Yiddish swing, and works by contemporary Jewish composers. At a KlezKidz concert you’ll hear the wail of the clarinet and the rousing sound of Israeli music, see bottles being balanced on the heads of dancers, and maybe even learn some new dance steps yourself!
What started out in 1995 with a only few kids, augmented by musical parents, has grown into a 40-piece ensemble with regular rehearsals and a dozen yearly concerts. KlezKidz, sponsored by TBA, features instrumentalists from 8-years-old to 80. Performing alongside it is KidsChorus, a group of youthful singers, who often step into the audience to teach easy dances.
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KlezKidz welcomes instrumentalists of all ages and stages who can read sheet music. KidsChorus welcomes young singers ages 8 and up who love to sing, perform and don’t necessarily read sheet music. There is no audition process for KlezKidz or KidsChorus, and TBA membership is not required to participate.
KlezKidz perform at Temple Beth Am for Simchat Torah, Chanukah, and Purim, and out in the community at the University Village chanukiah lighting, Kline Galland Home’s December birthdays party, the Northwest Folklife Festival, and a Farmer’s Market or two. Rehearsals happen 8-10 Sundays a year in TBA’s sanctuary.
- Sunday, September 27, 12:30-1:30 PM in TBA's sanctuary
- Sunday, October 4, at 7:00 PM for Simchat Torah in TBA's sanctuary
- Sunday, December 13, at 2:00 PM, for Winterfest at the Seattle Center Armoury
For more information about KlezKidz, contact Music Director Wendy Marcus.
Every year Wendy Marcus trains shofar blowers the simple notes to play so that we can bring the sound of the High Holy Days to Jewish shut-ins or disabled folks at homes and facilities during the week of Rosh Hashanah. Our musicians find it as meaningful as the people hearing the shofar. Even if you haven't sounded the shofar in years, Wendy can teach you the full set of four calls.
People who want to participate in the Blast Brigade and/or Shofar Band (see our Yom Kippur page for details on this) should attend BOTH rehearsals in our sanctuary:
- Sunday, August 30, 3:00-4:00 PM,
- Sunday, September 20, 11:00 AM
Email Wendy with any questions if you can help us provide this service to those who might miss this awakening call. Loaner shofarot available.