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Past Events: Performances for Young Audiences

  • The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!

    Oct. 15 - 29, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    Fly through the solar system with Dr. Wonderful and her amazing team of Newton (the dog) and Ben (the human)! Girl-detective-noir meets science-geek-chic in this super cool astronomical musical theater event. Age 6+

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Got Rhythm?

    Sun., May 22, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Rhythm is everywhere: it flavors our lives and lives within music. Join Glenn Donnellan, Richard Barber, Edward Cabarga, Adel Sanchez, and guest percussionist Joe Connell, for vivid selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rossini, and more. Age 4+

  • NSO Family Concert: Beethoven Lives Upstairs

    Sun., May 15, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Classical Kids Live brings Beethoven Lives Upstairs, its award-winning story of a young boy whose life is turned upside down when the composer Ludwig van Beethoven moves into his family's boarding house. Age 5+

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Bears, Bears Everywhere

    May 7 - 8, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Back by popular demand! NSO musicians Elisabeth Adkins, Paula Akbar, Lewis Lipnick, and Joe Connell with storyteller Lynn-Jane Foreman take a peek at adorable bears and the sounds of their homelands--music that is as unique as they are. Ages 3–5.

  • The Cat Who Went to Heaven

    Apr. 30 - May 1, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Culture Project brings to the stage the acclaimed children's jazz puppet show The Cat Who Went to Heaven, based on the 1931 Newbery Award–winning children's book by Elizabeth Coatsworth. A perfect introduction to jazz for children age 5 and up.

  • Doktor Kaboom!

    Apr. 1 - 10, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Doktor Kaboom! takes audiences on an amazing educational tour of modern scientific methods, using comedy while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences. Age 7+

  • NSO Family Concert: The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony

    Sun., Mar. 27, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Starring John Lithgow, the Kennedy Center commission based on E.B. White's classic, The Trumpet of the Swan, returns. Though Louis is a trumpeter swan, he was born without a voice. Will a brass trumpet bring freedom, fame, fortune, and love? Age 7+

  • Ishara Puppet Theatre: Simple Dreams

    Mar. 19 - 20, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    See ordinary objects come to life in a charming and playful show that combines the essences of puppetry and imagination to create a visual poem on nature and the cycle of life.

  • 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes

    Feb. 18 - 20, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Wherever Circa has taken its breathtaking, heart-stopping show, audiences have flocked to see the impossible. Acrobats bend, fly, juggle and balance to battle the clock. 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes is fast, furious, and fun for everyone. Age 5+

  • American Scrapbook: A Celebration of Verse

    Jan. 29 - Feb. 6, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Based on poetry written and compiled by Caroline Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, this world premiere Kennedy Center commission uses spoken word and music to explore the touchstones of the life of one of America's most heralded families. Age 9+

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Making Music with Friends

    Sat., Jan. 15, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    The Kennedy String Quartet brings back Making Music with Friends, its popular interactive program that explores the connections between the way we feel and the way music is made. Age 4+

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Making Music with Friends

    Sat., Jan. 15, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    The Kennedy String Quartet brings back Making Music with Friends, its popular interactive program that explores the connections between the way we feel and the way music is made. Age 4+

  • NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: MORE Science and Music

    Sun., Jan. 9, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Endangered species, synapses, neurons, condensation, and precipitation--are these terms from a science course or a music class? Learn the answer in MORE Science and Music, a fast-paced, multimedia performance by NSO musicians. Age 9+

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Fancy That!

    Sat., Jan. 8, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    In Fancy That!, NSO violinist Marissa Regni plays a one-woman show about how to decorate music in the form of ornamentation and variations. This concert is perfect for even the youngest music lovers in your family. Ages 3–5.

  • Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred)

    Nov. 26 - Dec. 19, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    A world premiere Kennedy Center commission by Marcy Heisler with music by Zina Goldrich, Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred) re-imagines the Brothers Grimm tale as a musical comedy about two ill-behaved students who learn about teamwork. Age 9+

  • Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Sat., Nov. 13, 2010, 3:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    For young Harold, the only boundary to his world is his drawing ability. Crockett Johnson's beloved Harold and the Purple Crayon is adapted by Hubbard Street 2 into a dance-filled adventure with a kid and his crayon as choreographer. Age 4+

  • One Small Step

    Nov. 6 - 7, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Two actors take you on an action-packed trip to the moon as they bring dozens of characters (41 to be exact) to life in One Small Step, a brilliantly inventive exploration of the space race. Part of ON THE FRINGE: Eye on Edinburgh. Age 7+

  • NSO Family Concert: Spooky Sounds and Scary Tales

    Sun., Oct. 31, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Start your Halloween celebration with the NSO and come dressed in your spookiest get-up for the "spirited" Spooky Sounds and Scary Tales concert, including a chance to trick-or-treat. Age 5+

  • Locomotion

    Oct. 23 - 31, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    The Kennedy Center–commissioned adaptation of Jacqueline Woodson's children's book follows the inspiring journey of an 11-year-old boy as he moves from tragedy to hope and from losing one family to gaining a new one. Age 9+

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Tunes 'n' Tales

    Sat., Oct. 23, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Join two NSO principal musicians--violinist Marissa Regni and harpist Dotian Levalier--as they show how different sounds, melodies, rhythms, and instruments can be used to bring a story to life. Ages 3–5.

  • Rumplestiltskin

    Oct. 9 - 10, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    German Master Puppeteer Matthias Kuchta presents the classic fairy tale Rumplestiltskin with life-sized, hand-made puppets as they tell the story of a sad girl and a greedy little man who offers her a strange bargain. Age 5+

  • The Kennedy Center NSO Family Concert: The Composer is Dead

    Sun., May 9, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    Acclaimed composer Nathaniel Stookey brings his uproarious collaboration with best-selling children's writer Lemony Snicket to the Kennedy Center.

  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

    May 8 - 23, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    With music by Grammy-winning composer Michael Silversher, Emmy-winning author/illustrator Mo Willems adapts his book Knuffle Bunny in this Kennedy Center commission--about family, best friends, baby steps, and memories that last a lifetime. Age 4+.

  • Nubian Gents + Feminine Fire Gospel Step Teams

    Apr. 23 - 25, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    The electrifying New York–based gospel step teams Nubian Gents and Feminine Fire perform as part of the Kennedy Center's Gospel Across America celebration. Age 5+.

  • NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: MORE History and Music

    Sun., Feb. 28, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    In this multimedia program, Yvonne Caruthers and several of her NSO colleagues integrate many of today's most recognizable musical works alongside landmarks in 19th-century American history.

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