phone: 914-861-KLEZ
(914-861-5539)

recent performances

Bayberry Care Center
Celebrate Israel Parade
Croton Library
Elmsford Hanukkah Celebration
Five Star Premier Residence
Heritage Hills
Mt. Kisco Jewish Festival
New Rochelle Public Library
Pelham Arts Folk Festival
RiverArts Festival
Somers Manor
Temple Beth El
The Ambassador of Scarsdale
The Bristal
The Country House
The Grove at Valahalla
Veterans Home at Montrose
Westchester Jewish Heritage Festival
Warner Library

administration

Executive Board
President: Stuart Katz
Vice President: Jerald Seti
Treasurer: Lloyd Widom
Secretary: Michele Lada
Members: Lorraine Kroutil

Staff
Exec Director: Jerald Seti
Music Director: Kenny Green
Music Instructor: Matty Mozzor

Scenes from Concert for Riverdale Hebrew Home

Click here to see scenes from our performance at a luncheon for residents of the Riverdale Hebrew Home.

 

Westchesterklez.org

Our new internet home is westchesterklez.org.

After going back and forth for several months about our identity and consistency of message, we finally decided that all vestiges of the the KlezKidz brand needed to be purged. It probably should have happened when we incorporated in 2005 and changed our name from Klezkidz to Westchester Klezmer Program. Over time we’ve evolved from a group of talented kids to a group of equally talented kids, teens, and adults.  As such, we believe that the name “klezkidz” no longer accurately reflects our identity either to prospective musicians or to organizations with whom we try to book performances.

So, with a heavy sigh, we bid adieu to klezkidz.org. You’ll be missed.

Original Klezkidz Logo

The original logo from our first web site in 2003.

 

KlezmerPalooza! Update

According to its organizers, Klezmer Palooza! is expected to have representatives from Carnegie Mellon (go DZ!), Harvard, Brown, UNC, UVA, SUNY Purchase, New England Conservatory and Boston University, along with Columbia’s bluegrass and klezmer bands. There will also be a handful of other participating students who are klezmer musicians from colleges around the country. Since the concert Sunday night is cabaret style and though the organizers are not sure which bands will choose to perform, it’s expected that  most will be playing in small ensembles.

The cabaret starts at 5:00 PM Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Oval Auditorium, Diana Center, Barnard College in Manhattan.

There will be special performances by KlezmerPalooza! workshop ensembles and other collegiate klezmorim, and internationally renowned performers and teachers Frank London, Margot Leverett, Aaron Alexander, Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer. Dancing in the aisles is highly encouraged!

Open to the public. No tickets needed. Free with student ID, $7 for non-students.

KlezmerPalooza!

Come join enthusiastic young Klezmer musicians at Klezmer Palooza 2011, hosted by the Columbia Klezmer Band! The festival will take place starting Saturday night January 29th with some casual jamming, Yiddish dancing and gathering of Klezmer musicians, followed by a day of workshops from 10 am- 4 pm lead by world renowned Klezmer musicians in Columbia’s Dodge Hall. Sunday January 30 will wrap up with a cabaret-style concert on Columbia’s campus from 5-7 pm given by participating students and workshop leaders alike in a fun and intimate setting on campus. Attending the workshops is free for students, however there will be a suggested donation fee of 15$ per student to help the Columbia Klezmer Band cover the costs of inviting workshop leaders and reserving the space for the festival. All participants must fund their own travel and meals throughout the weekend. Visiting students who don’t have housing in New York City can ask ahead of time to be hosted by Columbia Klezmer Band students.

Journal News Covers WPL Gig

Colin Gustafson, a staff writer from the Journal News / LoHud.com, was on hand for the White Plains Library performances this past Sunday, December 19, 2010. Musicians from both the southern and northern Westchester bands joined forces for the two 1-hour shows. Returning from college to make special appearances were Jon Hermann, Dave Zaidins, and Sarah Karger.

WPL Performance