• Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013

    Carnegie Hall Community and Family Programs This May & June 

    Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) concludes its 2012-2013 season with outstanding live performances in community venues throughout the five boroughs of New York City with its free Neighborhood Concerts. For almost four decades, the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts have featured free performances by top artists across multiple genres of music, including classical, jazz, and world music. In addition, WMI presents a number of free family-friendly programs throughout New York City as part of McGraw-Hill Carnegie Kids.

    At Carnegie Hall, parents and young people can enjoy affordably-priced Family Concerts, recommended for ages 5–10, providing a unique opportunity to introduce children to live performances of music from around the world. Pre-concert activities will take place one hour before each performance and are free to all ticket holders.

    Sunday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Capturing the vintage spirit of the ’20s and ’30s with an array of colorful instruments—harmonica, washboard, kazoo, string bass, and guitar—this band fills the stage with rich textures and sounds. Bursting with energy and charisma, The Wiyos invite kids and adults alike to holler, stomp, and sing along to old-time American folk music.

    Tickets: $9, $15

    Special thanks to Kazoobie Kazoos for the generous donation of kazoos for this concert.

    Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m.
    Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement

    The young men of Brooklyn Rider are revolutionizing the staid image of the traditional string quartet with a surprisingly simple approach: treat all music, old or new, as fresh compositions. The high-energy group’s sense of adventure, surprise, and fun in performance “demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent”, according to Time Out New York.

    Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m.
    Jamaica Performing Arts Center

    Family music’s first soul band Shine and the Moonbeams captures the fun, sweetness, and simplicity of youth in a groovy R&B package. With compassionate verses on important subject matter such as standing up to bullies, and celebrating individuality, kids and adults will identify with Shine’s insightful lyrics and soulful melodies.

    Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m.
    Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement
    Wednesday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m.
    Hudson Guild

    ClassNotes transforms everyday classical music into a wild rollercoaster of colorful sounds and emotions. Get on board as these young, charismatic teaching musicians take you and your kids on a full-throttle ride of extraordinary discovery through active listening and storytelling. The ClassNotes members are all top performers who play with the world’s best orchestras, and are winners of international competitions and distinguished awards.

    Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m.
    Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement

    The Itty Biddies are a trio of sweet songstresses that take audiences on a journey of imagination through story and song, from an African safari to the big skies of Texas and back on the subway in New York City. The Itty Biddies soaring vocals, joyful ukulele, and groovy bass has been called “the smoothest 45 minutes in kiddie concert history” by Time Out New York Kids, and will have both adults and kids singing and dancing all the way home.

    Saturday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m.
    Brooklyn Museum

    Chilean singer-songwriter Claudia Acuña sings mainly in Spanish, but her soulful, crooning alto transcends all language barriers with its powerful sense of freedom and heartfelt emotion. Born in Santiago, Chile, this cognac-voiced siren lives in New York City but remains fiercely committed to her rich heritage. A real success story, Acuña worked the coat check at the Blue Note for almost a decade before headlining the bill at the famed jazz venue.

    Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m.
    Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library

    Elizabeth Mitchell, the first children’s music artist signed to the Smithsonian Folkways label in this century, channels the music of rock legends from Woody Guthrie to the Velvet Underground. Mitchell’s indie-folk style appeals to the entire family—fitting, since she performs with her husband Daniel Littleton and daughter Storey, along with a colorful gang of musical friends.

    Friday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m.
    Jacobi Medical Center

    Latin band Son de Madre fires up the stage with its Cuban music infused with jazz, funk, and Brazilian flavors. With musicians from Cuba, Argentina, Israel, Puerto Rico, and the US, the band mixes music from across the world to make one sound that’ll have you dancing all night long.

    About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
    The Weill Music Institute creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, the Weill Music Institute inspires audiences of all ages, nurtures tomorrow’s musical talent, and harnesses the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and shares a wide range of free online resources with educators and music lovers around the globe. More than 400,000 people each year engage in the Weill Music Institute’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall.

    For a complete schedule of Community Programs and Family Programs, please visit: carnegiehall.org/Education/Community-and-Family/

    The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts is sponsored by Target®.

    McGraw-Hill is proud to sponsor Carnegie Kids.

    Carnegie Kids is generously supported, in part, by an endowment gift from Linda and Earle S. Altman.

    Lead support for Carnegie Hall Family Concerts is provided by The Irene Diamond Fund.

    Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are also made possible, in part, by endowment gifts from The Irene Diamond Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.

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