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Past Events: Performances for Young Audiences

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Backa Teater, Sweden: Little King Mattias

    Mar. 9 - 10, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    What if an 11-year-old became king? Would he be so bold as to give his ministers the boot and transfer power to the children of his kingdom? He does when Sweden's Backa Teater tells the tale of Little King Mattias in its US premiere.

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Teatret Gruppe 38, Denmark: A Sonatina

    Mar. 2 - 3, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Remember that beloved fairy tale where a chicken egg comes to the rescue? No? Maybe that's because you haven't seen Danish theater company Gruppe 38's comedic take on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood.

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Teatret Gruppe 38, Denmark: Hans Christian, You Must be an Angel

    Feb. 23 - 24, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Award-winning Danish theater company Gruppe 38 celebrates countryman Hans Christian Andersen with a dinner party of sorts. Two waiters have the job of their life: to serve a table filled with Andersen's fantastic fairy tale personalities.

  • Marionetas de la Esquina: Sleeping Beauty Dreams

    Feb. 16 - 17, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Mexico's Marionetas de la Esquina, a puppet theater company, has entertained children and adults since 1975. In its U.S. premiere, Sleeping Beauty Dreams is brought to life by celebrated puppetry in a new Kennedy Center co-commission. Age 5+

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Break It Down!

    Sat., Feb. 9, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    This energetic program featuring the dynamic duo of Paul Fadoul on marimba and Zara Lawler on flute delights in dissecting the pieces and parts of music and musical instruments. Age 4+

  • NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Science and Music

    Sun., Jan. 27, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    In this multimedia performance, NSO members show how scientists and musicians are more alike than you may think. So put on your lab coat and let's discover how principles of sound give rhythm to biology, chemistry, astronomy, and more! Age 9+

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Bears, Bears Everywhere

    Jan. 19 - 26, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Back by popular demand! It's a big bear world out there, and every sort of bear has its own look and growl. NSO musicians take a peek at adorable bears and the sounds of their homelands--music that is as unique as they are. Ages 3–5.

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Musical Opposites

    Sat., Jan. 12, 2013, 11:00 AM
    2012-2013 Season
    The Kennedy String Quartet demonstrates many types of musical contrasts and shows how composers use opposites to express a stunning variety of musical moods and emotions. Age 4+

  • A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

    Dec. 27, 2012 - Jan. 6, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    This Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia production featuring Carle's beloved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, and Papa, please get the moon for me, is the perfect children's introduction to theater. Age 3+

  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

    Nov. 17 - Dec. 9, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    In a Kennedy Center commissioned production, this world premiere adaptation of acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick's witty and poignant novel follows young Homer P. Figg, an orphan who must journey into the thick of the Civil War to save his brother. Age 8+

  • Lang Lang: 101 Pianists

    Sat., Nov. 10, 2012, 4:00 PM
    2012-2013 Season
    As part of his week in residency, pianist Lang Lang and 100 young DC-area pianists come together for a life-changing (for them) and thrilling (for all) music-making event on the Concert Hall stage.

  • NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular!

    Sun., Oct. 28, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Is it ever cool to "boo" the orchestra? It is on Halloween! And during their Halloween Spooktacular, NSO musicians dressed up as ghosts, ghouls, and goblins just might peek out from behind their instruments to go "BOO" back at you!

  • NSO Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals

    Sun., May 13, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Join the National Symphony Orchestra for a delightful Family Concert featuring Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals as its centerpiece.

  • Emily Loves to Bounce

    May 12 - 13, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    From Patch Theatre of Australia, Emily is "a masterstroke of ingenuity--a beautiful blend of sound, mime, and illusion. It is intriguing, mystical, funny, and irresistible. Thoroughly absorbing" (Adelaide Theatre Guide). Age 4+

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Brass of Peace

    Sat., May 5, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena conducts these concerts that bring together the area's finest young brass musicians to teach all about the instruments of the brass family and how they make music out of metal and wind. Age 4+

  • Black Violin

    Apr. 28 - 29, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Kev Marcus and Wil b are Black Violin, two classically trained musicians who, along with their DJ TK and a drummer, have created the ultimate synergy between classical and hip hop music. Age 9+

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Apr. 14 - 15, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    David Gonzalez adds rhymed verse to put a spin on the classic fairy tale. Live music and image projections create a magical multimedia world in which our beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love's kiss…or not. Age 6+

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Musical Opposites

    Sat., Mar. 31, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    This is the newest program from the Kennedy String Quartet, whose previous shows, Making Music with Friends and Musical Contrasts, were a huge hit with young audiences.

  • Princess of Kaguya

    Sat., Mar. 24, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Uncover the story of Taketori no Okina, a childless bamboo cutter as he makes a mysterious discovery inside a stalk of bamboo in this ancient, uplifting tale of love, hope, loss, and a touch of magic. Age 5+

  • Washington National Opera: Family Look-In: Così fan tutte

    Sat., Mar. 10, 2012, 2:00 PM
    2011-2012 Season
    See the magic of Mozart's delightful Così fan tutte come to life with members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the WNO Orchestra. A perfect introduction to opera for children in grades 3-6 and their families.

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Violins, and Trombones, and Bears, Oh, My!

    Mar. 10 - 11, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    This brand new show for wee children features NSO violinist Marissa Regni with NSO trombonist Barry Hearn. Violin and trombone, what an unusual instrument combination! Ages 3-5.

  • NSO Family Concert: The Mozart Experience with Magic Circle Mime Company

    Sun., Mar. 4, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    The NSO and Magic Circle Mime Co. introduce kids to the most famous child star of all time--Mozart! When a mischievous street musician gets caught playing the orchestra's piano, the conductor invites her to "be Mozart" and see life through his eyes.

  • The Wings of Ikarus Jackson

    Feb. 4 - 23, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Ikarus Jackson can fly. Some think it's strange. But when one girl sticks up for him, Ikarus learns to let his spirit soar in this inspiring Kennedy Center dance/theater adaptation of Christopher Myers's colorful children's book. Age 6+

  • NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: MORE Language and Music

    Sun., Jan. 15, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers, joined by a small ensemble of an NSO colleague and guests artists, presents the latest in the series of NSO Connections shows, linking music to other subject areas.

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Teddy and the Ten Hats

    Sat., Jan. 14, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Back by popular demand! Little kids love dress-up as do playful NSO musicians Aaron Goldman, William Wielgus, and Janet Frank in this story about a bear whose zany collection of hats represents a variety of music from Haydn to Sousa and beyond. Ages 3-5

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