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Past Events: Performances for Young Audiences

  • 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.

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Fancy That!

    Feb. 20 - 21, 2010
    2009-2010 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.

  • The Kennedy Center NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

    Sun., Feb. 14, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    In one of its most cherished and acclaimed productions, Magic Circle Mime Company returns to bring Sergei Prokofiev's classic work for children to life as a dazzling theatrical and musical event.

  • NSO Kinderkonzerts: Magical Mozart

    Sat., Jan. 30, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    Showing all the fun he must have had creating and playing his music, the Unlikely Trio--NSO musicians Carole Bean, flute, Dotian Levalier, harp, and William Wielgus, oboe--performs a wonderful array of Mozart's greatest works. Age 4+.

  • The Kennedy Center NSO Children's Concert with Iván Fischer

    Sun., Jan. 24, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    NSO Principal Conductor Iván Fischer introduces children to the world of classical music through short, carefully selected works performed by NSO ensembles.

  • Galumpha's The Human Jungle Gym

    Jan. 22 - 23, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy, and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle, and merriment. Age 7+.

  • NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: MORE Science and Music

    Sun., Jan. 10, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    Endangered species, synapses, neurons, condensation, and precipitation--are these terms from a science course or a music class? Learn the answer in this new fast-paced, multimedia performance by NSO musicians. Age 9+.

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Bears, Bears Everywhere

    Sat., Jan. 9, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    New! NSO musicians Paula Akbar, Lewis Lipnick, and Joe Connell, take a peek at adorable bears and the sounds of their homelands--music that is as unique as they are. Perfect for even the youngest music lovers in your family.

  • Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe

    Dec. 5 - 30, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    When President Roosevelt refuses to put a Christmas tree in the White House, his kids don't plan to obey. In this holiday sequel to the 2006 hit Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major, a zany plot of comic haunting unfolds. Age 7+.

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Making Music with Friends

    Sat., Nov. 21, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    The newest concert by the Kennedy String Quartet of Strings and Stories fame is an interactive program for children that explores the connections between the way we feel and act and the way music is composed and performed. Age 4+.

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Making Music with Friends

    Sat., Nov. 21, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    The newest concert by the Kennedy String Quartet of Strings and Stories fame is an interactive program for children that explores the connections between the way we feel and act and the way music is composed and performed. Age 4+.

  • The Kennedy Center NSO Family Concert: Spooky Sounds and Scary Tales

    Sun., Nov. 1, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    Conductor Brad Lubman and the NSO play Steven Reineke's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with narrator Lynda Carter and music from other scary tales in this fun and lively orchestral concert. Age 5+.

  • Barrio Grrrl!: A New Musical

    Oct. 24 - Nov. 15, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    Spunky 9-year-old Ana and her imaginary friend, Amazing Voice, dedicate their lives to saving the barrio in this Kennedy Center commission by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights). Age 9+.

  • Hobey Ford's Animalia

    Oct. 10 - 11, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    Showcasing his famous rod puppets called "Foamies," Hobey Ford turns the entire theater into a performance area to explore the amazing world of animals from a variety of realistic, environmental, and mythical points of view.

  • NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: MORE Math and Music

    Sun., Oct. 4, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    Counting…number lines…ratios. Must be math class, right? Guess again--it's music! In this program created by NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers, kids learn more ways that math and music are linked as they listen to works for cello, flute and percussion. Age 9+.

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: The Tale of Teddy and the Ten Hats!

    Sat., Oct. 3, 2009
    2009-2010 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 teddy bear whose zany collection of hats represents a wide variety of music from Haydn to Sousa and beyond.

  • NSO Family Concert: Maestro Mouse Is in the House

    Sun., May 31, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    The Orchestra performs the world premiere of "Miranda's Waltz," a new work about Maestro Mouse by composer Susan Kander with dialogue by Mary Hall Surface, commissioned especially for families by the Kennedy Center in collaboration with the NSO.

  • Parachutists (or On the Art of Falling)

    May 16 - 17, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Zagreb, Croatia's Theatre Mala Scena brings a charming new movement-theater piece for the very young, featuring two actors dressed as parachutists exploring play, dreams and wishes, rising and falling, and friendship. Ages 4+.

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: The Tale of Teddy and the Ten Hats!

    May 2 - 9, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    At Teddy Bear concerts, inspired by a popular family concert tradition in Europe, children ages three to five bring their favorite stuffed animal to interactive musical programs featuring members of the NSO.

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Got Rhythm?

    Sun., Apr. 5, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    From Africa to America, nature to noise, classical to Cuba, explore where rhythm comes from, how it flavors our lives and lives within the music of the orchestra.

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Got Rhythm?

    Sun., Apr. 5, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    From Africa to America, nature to noise, classical to Cuba, explore where rhythm comes from, how it flavors our lives and lives within the music of the orchestra.

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Tunes 'n' Tales

    Sat., Apr. 4, 2009
    2008-2009 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.

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