Classical Kids Live brings Beethoven Lives Upstairs, its award-winning story of a young boy whose life is turned upside down when the composer Ludwig van Beethoven moves into his family's boarding house. Age 5+
Based on the Original Work by Barbara Nichol Paul Pement, director and producer Susan Hammond, creator Natalie Berg and Thad Avery, actors David Amado, conductor
What to do about the loud neighbor upstairs? When Ludwig van Beethoven moves into his family's Vienna boarding house, young Christoph begins writing letters to his uncle about the "madman" living above him. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with more than twenty-five excerpts from the composer's most beautiful works, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music, and the torment of his deafness. Part history, part drama, all fun, this is an excellent introduction to the master's music, including the Moonlight Sonata, Für Elise, and the great Fifth and Ninth Symphonies. For age 5 and up.
Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." An hour before each NSO Family Concert, young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion--in the Kennedy Center Atrium. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.
Stay after the 3 p.m. concerts for a Kids' Chat. Following the 3 p.m. concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.