Attention families with little ones: Did you know that Carnegie Hall offers high quality, free events for children ages 3–6 and the whole family? The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids series is specially designed for young children, with free and interactive 45-minute events that take place in all five boroughs of New York City that feature songs, movement, and instrument demonstrations to create opportunities for musical creativity and play.
A dozen or so concerts are lined up for this winter and spring. Read on for descriptions of the four colorful ensembles featured on the series. Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My FlowerWith her honeyed voice, quiet spirit, and indie-folk style, Elizabeth Mitchell is not your typical kiddie-music singer. Mitchell sings traditional American folk tunes, original songs, and even Velvet Underground covers: It’s music for all ages that appeals to kids thanks to its approachable melodies and calm pacing. Advocating the importance of singing to one’s children, she performs with her musician husband, Daniel Littleton, and 10-year-old daughter, Storey, along with violinist Jean Cook and a host of talented musical friends.
Hot Peas ’N ButterHot Peas ’N Butter pumps out party beats that make kids and adults alike want to dance. With songs in English, Spanish, and other languages, this energetic, multicultural show features traditional Latin and Afro-Caribbean music, jazz, folk, and rock. Formed by childhood best friends Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto, Hot Peas ’N Butter was created as a way to play, according to Lapidus, “the music that feels truest to ourselves.” You may have seen the group performing their hit videos, “Number One” and “Deep Down” on Nickelodeon!
The Itty BiddiesThe rocking Itty Biddies combo will lift you out of your seats from the first note. Their soaring vocals, sweet ukulele, melodic piano, groovy bass, and fat drums take the audience on a journey of the imagination through storytelling and song. Kids and adults will be invited to bring to life a magic suitcase as they head to Africa for a safari, travel by boat beneath the stars, and explore New York City by way of our beloved subway. The Itty Biddies’ cabaret-pop music will have you singing and dancing all the way home.
The WiyosFedoras, vaudeville, and washboards: The Wiyos transport us back to the 1920s and ’30s by inviting kids and adults alike to holler, stomp, and sing along to old-time American folk music. This Brooklyn-based trio captures the vintage spirit of the era by drawing on blues, ragtime, spirituals, and Appalachian jug-band music. Featuring an array of colorful instruments—harmonica, washboard, kazoo, banjo, guitar—these theatrical musicians fill the stage with rich textures and sounds. Mark your calendars with these upcoming events throughout New York’s boroughs:Saturday, January 28, 2012 | 1 PMThe WiyosBrooklyn Public Library, Central Library | Brooklyn
Free pre-concert workshop at 12 PM led by artists from The Wiyos. Maximum 25 children and family members. First-come, first-served.Saturday, February 18, 2012 | 3 PMHot Peas 'N ButterHostos Center for Arts & Culture | BronxSaturday, April 14, 2012 | 1 PMElizabeth Mitchell and You Are My FlowerBrooklyn Public Library, Central Library | BrooklynSunday, April 22, 2012 | 2 PMElizabeth Mitchell and You Are My FlowerBronx Library Center | BronxSunday, April 29, 2012 | 3 PMElizabeth Mitchell and You Are My FlowerAbrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement | ManhattanSaturday, May 5, 2012 | 2 PMHot Peas 'N ButterJamaica Performing Arts Center | QueensSunday, May 6, 2012 | 2 PMThe Itty BiddiesBronx Library Center | BronxSaturday, May 19, 2012 | 11:30 AM and 1 PMThe Itty BiddiesThe Performance Project @ University Settlement | ManhattanSunday, May 20, 2012 | 2 PMThe WiyosSnug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden | Staten IslandSunday, June 3, 2012 | 2 PMElizabeth Mitchell and You Are My FlowerSnug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden | Staten IslandThursday, June 7, 2012 | 10:30 AMThe Itty BiddiesBrooklyn Public Library, Central Library | Brooklyn