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It's a Family Affair

Family programming, designed to develop creativity, imagination, and musical curiosity in participants of all ages, is a core focus of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI). The Carnegie Kids concert series—which brings free, interactive performances to families with children ages 3–6—enters its 20th season this year, while Carnegie Hall Family Concerts create lasting memories for audiences through educational and captivating musical experiences.

In September 2014, WMI moved into its new home in the Resnick Education Wing. As part of the opening weekend festivities, the entire wing was transformed into a self-determined musical adventure for families in a free Family Day. This new and dynamic approach to family programming featured hands-on opportunities for children and grownups to explore music outside the typical concert hall format. Families wrote their own songs, made instruments out of recycled materials, participated in a family sing-along, and attended interactive performances.

Family Affair: The Itty Biddies (Stephanie Berger)   Family Affair: Family Concert (Stefan Cohen)
Family Affair: Family Day (Chris Lee)   Family Affair: Family Day (Stephanie Berger)
Clockwise from top left: The Itty Biddies by Stephanie Berger, Family Concert by Stefan Cohen, Family Day by Stephanie Berger, Family Day by Chris Lee.

This first-ever Family Day was so successful that WMI has expanded this concept into two free Family Weekends for the 2015–2016 season, the first this October 17 and 18, and the second following on May 21 and 22. Designed like an interactive musical museum, families explore the installations and activities at their own leisure, according to their own interests, in whichever order they choose.

In addition to the two Family Weekends, the Carnegie Kids series also settles into its new home in the Resnick Education Wing’s Weill Music Room. A state-of-the-art performance space, it is the ideal location for these free, engaging performances, in which kids dance and sing along with top-notch children’s-music artists. Family Concerts complete Carnegie Hall’s family-focused programming, providing a more traditional concert experience in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. This December, celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charles M. Schulz’s iconic television special A Charlie Brown Christmas with The New York Pops. And in April, hear the Orchestra of St. Luke’s perform musical settings of children’s stories by leading contemporary composers.

It’s a season of musical adventure for the entire family!

Learn more about Carnegie Hall's family programs.