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Past Events: Performances for Young Audiences

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Teddy and the Ten Hats

    Oct. 5 - 6, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    Back by popular demand! Little children love the story about a teddy bear whose zany collection of hats represents a wide variety of music. This program actively engages children as listeners in an atmosphere of fun. Age 3–5.

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf

    Sat., Jun. 22, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Those wonderful wind instruments give voice to a little boy named Peter and a wolf on the prowl in Prokofiev's beloved musical tale. Age 4+

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

    Jun. 8 - 9, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    We can be as different as trombones and violins, and still play together in harmony! Kids and stuffed animals alike will hear the unique sounds of a garden hose, funnel horn, a grownup violin and a baby one, and trombones in three sizes! Ages 3-5.

  • NSO Family Concert: The Cricket in Times Square

    Sun., May 19, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    When little country cricket Chester mistakenly travels by picnic basket to New York City, his music is transformed forever. The world premiere retelling of George Selden's Newbery Honor book is composed and adapted by Chris Brubeck.

  • The Intergalactic Nemesis: A Live-Action Graphic Novel

    May 17 - 19, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Three actors--dozens of characters. One Foley artist--hundreds of sound effects. One keyboardist--thousands of notes. And more than 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-rez, blow-your-mind comic-book images blasting from a two-story-high screen. LIVE. Age 8+

  • Théâtre Motus and the Sô Company: Baobab

    May 11 - 12, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    African percussion turns into animals, masks and puppets become genies, and one courageous child's quest changes the history of the world. For age 5 and up.

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Teddy and the Ten Hats

    Sat., May 4, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    What's a bear to wear when he has 10 hats but only one head? Little kids dress-up alongside playful NSO musicians 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.

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Viva Violins: From Baby Talk to Mozart

    Sun., Apr. 28, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    The violin grows up in the spotlight in this new program which tells the tale of three little violins and how their mother teaches them to "sing." Age 4+

  • NSO Family Concert: Tchaikovsky Discovers America

    Sun., Mar. 24, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Based on the actual historical event, this poignant concert event tells of Tchaikovsky's arrival in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 and his famous trip to Niagara Falls with more than 25 excerpts of his music.

  • Jason Invisible

    Mar. 23 - Apr. 7, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Caring for a sick parent is making Jason feel like he'd rather be invisible than talk to anyone. But with help from three new friends, Jason finds a way to face down his problems in this warm, humorous, and deeply moving world-premiere play. Age 11+

  • 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+

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