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CLAUDIA ZANES - Haitian-American Vocalist and Music Therapist, Claudia Eliaza was not looking to add more to her already full schedule when she ended up, through a twist of fate, at a dining room sing-along in Dan Zanes Brooklyn home. This chance Labor Day meeting in 2016 put her on a path from Boston to Brooklyn via the Kennedy Center and cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. All along the way she’s been combining performance and music therapy to create a new paradigm for joyful, inclusive, participatory performance.

Born in New Hampshire and raised in Northern California, Claudia’s desire to use music compassionately led her to the music therapy degree program at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2005 where she worked with a spectrum of individuals through the life span – from children with special needs in public and private schools, orphans and youth in Nairobi, to frail and well-elders in adult day health programs. During that time Claudia gained a reputation for her innovative methods and creative mentoring.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/15/2019: Dan + Claudia Zanes with Friends

Grammy Award® winner Dan Zanes, along with his wife Claudia Zanes, Pauline Jean—both Haitian American jazz vocalists—and Mexican percussionist Yuriana Sobrino perform his greatest hits as well as folk and blues classics from Dan Zanes’ House Party!: A Family Roots Music Treasury, the popular new songbook created by Dan and Claudia. The concert will also include selections from their Kennedy Center commissioned folk opera, Night Train 57, which premiered in 2017.

Free timed-entry passes are required for this performance. To obtain a pass, visit

Presented as a part of Kennedy Center Education Week and the REACH Opening Festival.

Sept 15 - Claudia Zanes