NSO Kinderclassic (formerly Kinderkonzert)
Presto! The Case of the Vanishing Viola
Oh no, a musician's viola has been stolen! Could the culprit be the magician next door? With the guidance of Presto!--a talented string trio composed of violinist Karen Lowry-Tucker and violist Elizabeth Pulju-Owen (both members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra) along with cellist/magician Drew Owen--you get to follow the clues to help our detective crack the case. Along the way, discover the secrets of string instruments and the music they play. Expect engaging stories, a wide range of classical styles, plenty of audience participation, and phenomenal feats of magic!
For age 4 and up.
Performance Timing: 50 minutes, with no intermission
Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." Starting one hour before each Kinderkonzert, this hands-on activity in the Kennedy Center Hall of States gives children a chance to get up close with the instruments they'll see played on stage--from violins and trumpets to oboes and flutes. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.
Note: The 11 a.m. performance on Sat., January 11 is Sensory-Friendly.
Sensory-Friendly Performances are designed to create a theater experience that is welcoming to all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.
Accommodations for these performances include:
* Lower volume and consistent sound levels (no jarring sounds);
* Lights remaining at a low level in the theater during the performance;
* A reduction of strobe lighting focused on the audience;
* An understanding that patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
* Short performance times, lasting 60-75 minutes with no intermission;
* Designated quiet areas within the theater;
* Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
* Smaller crowds and a limited number of visitors at the Kennedy Center during the day and timing of the performance; and
* Trained Kennedy Center staff members who are inviting and accommodating to families' needs.
Families will also have access to resource materials to prepare for their visit. Please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice/relay) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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