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Past Events: Performances for Young Audiences

  • 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.

  • Circus INcognitus

    Mar. 27 - 29, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Jamie Adkins's failures often end up being his greatest successes. In this new show, his clowning and acrobatic feats on the ground and on a slack wire are brought to life in a story of a man who has something to say, but can't quite get it out. Ages 5+.

  • NSO Family Concert: Go, Team, Go!

    Sun., Mar. 15, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    The NSO salutes the start of the new baseball season with Steven Reineke's beguiling baseball cantata Casey at the Bat in this NSO Family Concert.

  • Debbie Allen's OMAN…O Man!

    Mar. 12 - 15, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Bringing together young dancers from the Sultanate of Oman, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and the D.C. area, this exciting music and dance extravaganza will transport you to where the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea meet and the desert dunes mystify.

  • Unleashed! The Secret Lives of White House Pets

    Jan. 30 - Feb. 22, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    A young girl and her chihuahua are moving into the White House. When their new celebrity status begins to overwhelm them, they're taken on a hilarious journey back in time to meet other First Kids and their sometimes unusual pets. Age 7+.

  • NSO Teddy Bear Concert: More Tunes 'n' (Pig) Tales!

    Jan. 17 - 18, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Join two NSO principal musicians--violinist Marissa Regni and harpist Dotian Levalier--as well as Marissa's father Albert Regni on the saxophone, as they show how different sounds, melodies, rhythms, and instruments can be used to bring a story to life.

  • The Kennedy Center NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: More History and Music

    Sun., Jan. 11, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Don't miss this new multimedia program from the creator of our popular Science and Music and Math and Music series that integrates many of today's most recognizable music works with landmarks from 19th-century American history.

  • The Kennedy Center NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: More History and Music

    Sun., Jan. 11, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Don't miss this new multimedia program from the creator of our popular Science and Music and Math and Music series that integrates many of today's most recognizable music works with landmarks from 19th-century American history.

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Strings and Stories

    Sat., Jan. 10, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    If you love animals and silly slapstick (and who doesn't!), then don't miss four NSO musicians in this zany program! The Kennedy String Quartet inspires everyone to listen, laugh, and learn through vivid music from the classic repertoire.

  • NSO Kinderkonzert: Strings and Stories

    Sat., Jan. 10, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    If you love animals and silly slapstick (and who doesn't!), then don't miss four NSO musicians in this zany program! The Kennedy String Quartet inspires everyone to listen, laugh, and learn through vivid music from the classic repertoire.

  • Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

    Dec. 27, 2008 - Jan. 4, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns with a new puppet production of the classic and much-loved children's books by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. Age 3+.

  • Jason and the Argonauts

    Dec. 12 - 14, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    After being banished as a baby, Jason and his crew, played skillfully by two actors and plastic action figures on stage, must sail on The Argo to find the Golden Fleece in order to reclaim his rightful throne and unite his country. Age 9+.

  • The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony

    Dec. 4 - 6, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Though Louis is a trumpeter swan, he was born without a voice. Will the brass trumpet that his father gives him bring freedom, fame, fortune, and love? This world premiere Kennedy Center commission is based on E.B. White's classic. Age 7+.

  • Native Pride Dancers

    Nov. 22 - 23, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Larry Yazzie, American Indian World Champion Fancy Dancer, along with his young son Jessup and the Native Pride Dancers honor the gifts of American Indian music and dance that have been passed down from their ancestors. Ages 5+.

  • NSO Children's Concert with Iván Fischer

    Sun., Nov. 2, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    NSO Principal Conductor Iván Fischer introduces children to the world of classical music through short, carefully selected works performed by NSO ensembles.

  • NSO Family Concert: Orchestra from Planet X

    Sun., Oct. 12, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    The Magic Circle Mime Company returns to perform their program with the Orchestra that is a combination of sci-fi thriller and an exploration of American music.

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