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Music for Young Audiences: Timbalooloo Live

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - Monday, December 31, 2018

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Explore the thrilling language of instruments! Grammy Award®–winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs, and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Age 3+

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Instruments speak through music in this interactive, immersive concert for young audiences. Grammy Award®–winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs, and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Examining sounds from Mozart to Willie Nelson to Herbie Hancock, children will explore how music is as unique and magical as their own imagination.

Our son was talking about Herbie Hancock, Mozart, Samba and African music—and he knew the difference!” —Timbalooloo Parent

Most enjoyed by age 3 and up. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Stay after for a Creative Conversation
Following all performances, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and personal talk with some of the artists.


A Note from Oran...

"I am super excited to close off this year with 6 soulful days of concerts at the Kennedy Center with my Timbalooloo project! As an improvising musician, I know that each of these concerts will be unique, embodying a celebration of that moment, of being together, enjoying, listening, expressing, loving, and playing, and I look forward to sharing those special moments with the Washington, DC families. I’ve always loved coming to DC, a city with a rich musical tradition from jazz to go-go and so much more, and I’ve always found the audiences in DC to be very engaged and responsive to the music. As a musician, I feel it’s my responsibility to share the joy of music with the younger generation, just as my elders so graciously passed this tradition on to me. That is why I created the Timbalooloo program, where all the instruments come to life and talk through their music… Clara Net and her mother Big Mama Tuba yapping away with each other… that’s actually how I conceive of music—as a conversation between instruments! I hope these concerts will light a fire in the hearts of some of the children in DC in the same way that my heart sang forth when I was a kid and I first heard Louis Armstrong making his trumpet talk, cry, and sing. It’s such a beautiful thing to see a child discover the joy of music. You never know where that will lead…"