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Fiddlesticks presents: Klezmer Music for All

In collaboration with The Rhapsody Project

Friday May 5, 7pm
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle 

Calling fans of klezmer music... 

and listeners discovering it for the first time!

This all-ages concert includes a little bit of everything — violins and brass, pathos and joy, music and dance. Featuring Fiddlesticks guest artists Jimmy Austin (trombone, tuba), Mae Kessler (violin), and Laurie Andres (accordion). 

This concert is made possible by partial funding support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.


Admission is by free-will donation*. We suggest $5-10 for kids and $10-30 for adults. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Make your gift at the door (cash or check), or make a credit card payment at the bottom of this page.

*Free admission for each Fiddlesticks workshop participant and a parent!  

Masks are optional but welcome!



Jimmy Austin inherited both his name and his first trombone from his paternal grandfather. He began seriously exploring klezmer music about five years ago, when he joined the band Shpilkis. In addition to playing klezmer, Jimmy performs with many other groups around the Pacific Northwest playing various combinations of funk, jazz, soul, and blues. He occasionally performs with circus and theater productions such as the award-winning musical, Dragon Lady. Jimmy also directs The Rhapsody Project's Yiddish Music and Heritage programming.

Mae Kessler has been playing violin since age 5 and has been performing in original and traditional music groups around the Pacific Northwest and internationally since 2008. She developed a deep love for klezmer music after attending KlezKamp in the Catskills in 2012 and is passionate about sharing the richness of Yiddish music and culture with people of all ages. She currently performs in the Scandinavian and klezmer duo Varda

Laurie Andres has played accordion since 1977 and piano for over 50 years. He plays klezmer music with Kesselgarden, New England and Québecois fiddle tunes with Chicken Feathers, and English country dance music. Laurie has played for dance and music festivals, concerts, and community dances in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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