Relaxed Performance: Dan + Claudia ZanesOctober 19


Dan Zanes - vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, percussion
Claudia Zanes - vocals, flute, trombone, percussion, guitar

Grammy award winning children's performer Dan Zanes and Haitian-American music therapist/ jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes have been making music with each other since the day they met in the fall of 2016.

The two decided while sitting at Dan's kitchen table that afternoon that they would continue singing together and - in the spirit of inclusion and good times - would work with presenters to try and make all of their concerts sensory friendly.

Inspired by their artful modern-day all-ages folk music and commitment to accessibility, the Kennedy Center commissioned Claudia and Dan to create a theater piece for young audiences. Night Train 57: A Sensory Friendly Comic Folk Opera premiered in October 2017 and has been performed several times since. The soundtrack recording is available on Festival Five Records.

Their love of songs and communal music-making lead to a publishing deal with the Quarto Group USA and the result, a songbook entitled Dan Zanes' House Party: A Family Roots Music Treasury, was released in late 2018. This has opened the doors to many new conversations with parents, educators, music therapists, and fellow musicians about how to work together to create a healthier, more musical (and ultimately, more festive), society.

While taking on these projects, Claudia and Dan have continued to bring their music to family shows, school workshops, community singalongs, and folk festivals throughout the U.S. and into Canada. They take their commitment to accessibility and inclusion with them wherever they go.

And - the icing on the cake - in the midst of it all they were married!

Dan + Claudia Zanes is sponsored by:
Montessori School of Greater Hartford

Relaxed Performance Info

About Relaxed Programming:
Relaxed performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Slight adjustments to the production are made and accommodations for these performances will include:

  • Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds
  • Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance
  • A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience
  • Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
  • Designated quiet areas within the theater lobby spaces, staffed with autism specialists
  • Space throughout the theater for standing and movement
  • Limited crowds and visitors at The Bushnell during the day and timing of the performance; an
  • Bushnell staff and volunteers are trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs.

Tools for your visit

> Become familiar with the performers and instruments you will see on stage - Character Guide

> Prepare for performance day - Social Story

1 hour, no intermission
Autorino Great Hall