Beethoven at the Ballpark!
World premiere! Find out what baseball and music have in common when NSO violinist Glenn Donnellan--famous for his Electric Slugger, a fiddle made out of a baseball bat--joins Washington Nationals ballpark organist Matthew Van Hoose in this zany program that's sure to entertain as much as it educates! Using musical examples from classical, pop, and baseball-themed works, plus Ernest Thayer's beloved poem "Casey at the Bat," this grand slam duo will show how the basics of ball play relate to the fundamentals of fiddling and mastery of music. You'll see how numbers play their part, how music adds drama to America's favorite pastime, and how to hit your spot on an instrument, just like players on the field. So, slide into a seat and cheer along as our tuneful team hits this family concert experience right out of the park! 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 Kinderclassic, 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.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
Performances for Young Audiences is made possible by
Additional support for Kinderclassics is provided byThe Clark Charitable Foundation;
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation;
and the U.S. Department of Education.
Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by
David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
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