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Bienen School of Music Announces Kids Fare Concerts for 2008-09

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September 23, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's 2008-09 Kids Fare series will feature seven programs geared for children aged 3 to 8 and their families and friends.

The new season of hourlong concerts for young audiences includes performances by the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band, the Northshore Concert Band, and the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. All of the concerts are held on a Saturday and begin at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets for each performance are $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students and children.

It is possible to save up to 20 percent off the single ticket price with a Family Fun Pack: two adult passes and two children's passes to all seven concerts for $112. Each Fun Pack also entitles the purchaser to two free additional children's passes per concert so they can bring along other siblings or friends.

All seven Kids Fare programs will be held on the University's Evanston campus. The first concert will take place at Trienens Hall, 2707 Ashland Ave. The six remaining programs will be held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, as noted below.

The series kicks off Sept. 27 with "March with the Band." Children may bring their toy instruments to Trienens Hall and march with the Wildcat Marching Band during the season's popular fall spectacular. (Patrons may park free in the Ryan Field west lot on Ashland Avenue north of Central Street. Follow the signs to the Trienens Hall east side entrance, northwest of Ryan Field.)

On Nov. 8 cast members of Northwestern's 67th annual Dolphin Show will perform in costume at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall during the "Not in Kansas Anymore: Music from 'The Wizard of Oz'" event. The concert will feature songs and characters from this legendary story.

The Jan. 10 "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and More" program will feature composer Benjamin Britten's salute to the symphony orchestra. The concert will highlight a variety of orchestral instruments and will be directed by Robert G. Hasty and narrated by Bernard J. Dobroski, both Bienen School of Music faculty members.

Jan. 24, Bienen School of Music faculty member Daniel J. Farris will conduct the "Strike Up the Band!" concert. Trombones, trumpets, horns, tubas, flutes, clarinets, oboes, saxophones, bassoons and percussion instruments will be featured during a program of music written for band.

The Feb. 14 "Percussion Eruption" concert will focus on lively music composed for percussion instruments.

On Feb. 28 Bienen School of Music faculty member Mallory Thompson will conduct the Northshore Concert Band during the "Musical Gems from the Northshore" program.

The 2008-09 Kids Fare series will conclude April 4 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall with the "I've Got Rhythm and So Do You" program. The closing event will feature high-energy dancing by the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, a Chicago-based company of rhythmically exuberant dancers that celebrates the spirit of jazz performance. The ensemble was founded in 1990 by the group's artistic director, Billy Siegenfeld, a Northwestern dance professor.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger Web site at http://www.pickstaiger.org. To order a Family Fun Pack or single tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.
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