Dan + Claudia Zanes Family Concert

YouTube Video Premiere


Sunday, October 18, 2020
10 – 10:45 am
YouTube Premiere

Heralded duo Grammy Award-winner Dan Zanes and jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes will perform a concert for families of all ages featuring timeless folk classics, blues, and other favorites which speak about social justice and coming together as a community for peace.

Hear tunes such as “Which Side Are You On,” “Shalom Rav,” and “Let Love Be Your Guide,” an original song about love and non-violence in the struggle for freedom inspired by Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis’ final writings. 

Dan and Claudia shared these thoughts about their music: “We sing songs for families living in a rapidly changing world. Songs for today and tomorrow rooted in the sounds of yesterday. Songs to lift our hearts and remind us of our common humanity. These songs are for singing, dancing, and lifting the spirits.”

The Museum’s concert is presented in conjunction with the exhibition We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz.

Create a "joy shaker" during the show and gather these materials:

Paper towel tube or plastic bottle and cap
Collage papers 
Fabric scraps + 2 rubber bands (if using a tube)
Handful of rice

About the Performers
For the past 15 years, Zanes has toured the world with his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, sharing handmade 21st century social music and reconnecting people to the forgotten music of the past. Referred to as “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate” by Time Magazine, his critically-acclaimed music has been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Over the course of 14 albums, 2 DVDs, 2 picture books, and dozens of videos, he has collaborated with Philip Glass, Lou Reed, Angelique Kidjo, Natalie Merchant, Carol Channing, Sharon Jones, Bob Weir, Debbie Harry, Rosanne Cash, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and many more. NPR called him “The Gold Standard in kid’s music.” 

Claudia Zanes, a Haitian-American Vocalist and Music Therapist studied music therapy at Berklee College of Music where she worked with a spectrum of individuals – from children with special needs, orphans and youth in Nairobi, to seniors in adult day health programs.  In 2013, she became the Director of Music Therapy at the Community Music Center of Boston.  During this time Claudia’s gifts as a jazz vocalist had her touring in the US, England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and Africa. In 2016 Dan invited her to join him at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago for a Sensory Friendly family concert. 

This performance is Free with RSVP. One RSVP ticket per household.

While this concert is presented free with RSVP, we appreciate your support of family programs at the Jewish Museum. The optional purchase of one ticket per household helps support our online concert series and our virtual art workshops and tours for families.

This program will premiere at 10:00am ET on Sunday, October 18th. The program will be available to view on YouTube until midnight on October 18th.

YouTube Channel link will be sent with RSVP.

Photo credit: Anna Zanes