Interactive Library Programs


Meet Your Neighbor’s Folk Music (tm)
by Jutta & the Hi-Dukes (tm)


A cultural adventure in music and dance for all ages


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Click to see a librarian’s review

LACONI YSS (Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois Youth Services Section) included the Hi-Dukes in their “Best of the Best” list. The reason for this is well-illustrated by a librarian’s enthusiastic review of the band following their concert there:


“Go around the world in less than eighty minutes with Jutta & the Hi-Dukes. They’ll take you on a trip to Europe. You get Gypsy music, music from Spain, Israel, everything. Finland! What more could you ask for? Not only is it entertaining and educational but you get up and dance and get a little sweaty, which is awesome! It’s just a really good program that actually gets people off their seat. And here [at the library], how often do we do that? We have book clubs and discussions and movies. How often do we get the chance to get up and dance? Book them! Amazing!” — Enthusiastic librarian


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See the band in action on our video page!

Linda Olsen (Public Relations and Development Officer, Oak Lawn Public Library) amplifies that librarian’s feelings, saying: “I would highly recommend Jutta & the Hi-Dukes to anyone looking for lively renditions of authentic European ethnic music. Jutta & the Hi-Dukes have an exceptional stage presence with plenty of talent and personality. The library has received an overwhelming deluge of praises and positive feedback from many of the 148 people who attended. What a delightful afternoon of music!”


Living, interactive culture


Awareness of the world, society, and history all increase when the Hi-Dukes introduce folks to the traditional music and dance of over twenty cultures, such as that of the Balkan Gypsies.


Gorgeous musical scales like Hijaz and Sabach ride on the asymmetrical rhythms of the Balkans while the Hi-Dukes play traditional ethnic instruments, like the Bulgarian end-blown flute, Greek baglama, Middle-eastern drums, and world-famous ocarina alongside the violin, mandolin, and guitar. Vocals are sung with up to three-part harmonies. Audience members learn dances, sing simple songs in non-English languages, and drum along on the band’s percussion.


Flexible content and program length to fit your library’s needs and interests.


Call for details (847) 864–1022 between 10 AM and 10 PM C.S.T.

With a repertoire of about 400 melodies and 50 dances from over 20 cultures, the Hi-Dukes program is very flexible with what can be presented. Programs can focus on a specific area of interest such as Chanukah / Christmas ethnic holiday music, or on a specific ethnicity like the Greek, Gypsy, Jewish, Scandinavian, or Balkan cultures. Special all-American music programs are also available.


So, whether your library needs a group that can highlight the theme of your reading series or needs a program that focuses on a specific culture, we are happy to talk about how a Hi-Dukes presentation will enhance the experience of your patrons.


Librarian M. Wegnzyn (Flossmoor Public Library) summed it up, saying: “A musical treat for the whole family to enjoy.”




Since 1990, this Evanston, IL band has toured in the United States, Canada, and Europe performing on major festival stages, at schools, libraries, corporate events, and private parties. Two members, Jutta Distler and Terran Doehrer, are teachers at the Arcturus Teacher Training Program for Waldorf schools and taught dance classes at the Chicago Waldorf School for six years.


Audience participation at various Libraries


Image of Hi-Dukes at Winettka Library with audience drumming

“[Their] music is exciting, and listeners will find it hard to keep from leaping up to dance.” — Natalie Wainwright, Arts & Life reviewer, Round Table


“… such a wonderful show! Not only was your performance entertaining, but also informative and instructive, which is what we were hoping for in a university environment. … everybody had a wonderful time. Thank you again for a great show!” — Michael B. Cosmopoulos, Ph.D., Fellow, Academy of Science St. Louis, Professor of Archaeology, The Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Professor in Greek Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri


“I am not exaggerating or giving empty words when I say your performance was my favorite ever.” — Ashleah White, Reporter for The Current, University of Missouri – St. Louis, Nov. 28th, 2015


“Thank you so much for performing at our Bishop Hill Folk Festival! We have heard nothing but compliments about your music.” —Todd DeDecker, Bishop Hill Heritage Association Administrator


“Your performance was truly amazing and we are very glad that you could be part of this special event.” —Juan Carlos Acevedo, Outreach Coordinator, Wheeling Park District



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