Tchaikovsky Discovers America
Courtney Lewis, conductor
"I saw his ship sail into New York Harbor that day in 1891--past the Statue of Liberty, past the hundreds of people cheering on the shore. All America seemed to be waiting for him and his music..."
Cool fact: Tchaikovsky, that genius Russian guy who gave us The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, sailed into New York in 1891 to lend his music to the grand opening of Carnegie Hall. In Tchaikovsky Discovers America, Classical Kids Live's imagining of this famous trip, a surprise encounter with a young American girl, Jennie, during a visit to Niagara Falls reveals a whole lot about Tchaikovsky--his life in Russia, his love of music, and his fears of conducting. Dance and music are magically woven into the drama, with more than 25 excerpts of the composer's music, including passages from his most famous ballets--The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake--to his 1812 Overture, First Piano Concerto, and String Serenade. This is a poignant story of the meeting of old world influences and new world experiences; a tale of contrast, courage, and classical music.
Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." An hour before each NSO Family Concert, young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion--in the Kennedy Center Atrium. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.
Stay after the 3 p.m. concerts for a Kids' Chat. Following the 3 p.m. concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.