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Kids Fare Concert Series for 2009-10 Kicks Off Oct. 3

October 1, 2009 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A new season of Kids Fare, the popular children's concert series presented by Northwestern University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, will get underway Oct. 3. Each hourlong performance is designed to awaken creativity in children aged 3 to 8 and provide tools for enjoying, understanding and making music in a comfortable and fun setting.

The 2009-10 series features concerts by the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band, the student percussion/dance group Boomshaka, the Northwestern University Symphonic Band, a performance of "Carnival of the Animals" by the Merit School Symphony Orchestra and more.

Led by Northwestern faculty members, guest artists and students, each Saturday concert is open to the public and begins at 10:30 a.m. This season, Kids Fare concerts will be held on Northwestern's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive; Trienens Hall, 2707 Ashland Avenue; or Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, as noted below.

The 2009-10 Kids Fare series concerts will include:

  • An opportunity for children to join the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band for a morning of rousing music Oct. 3 called "March with the Band" at Trienens Hall. Children can bring their favorite instrument to play as they march down the venue's indoor practice field with this celebrated ensemble.
  • A program by Boomshaka, Northwestern's drum, dance and rhythm ensemble, featuring an exciting brand of rhythm, movement and choreography in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The Nov. 7 "Shaka Boomshaka Boom!" performance is entirely student written, directed and produced. Boomshaka combines dance styles such as hip-hop and tap with various forms of percussion, using a wide -- and wild -- array of instruments, from sticks to poles and buckets to their own hands and feet.
  • "Powerful Pipes at Alice Millar Chapel," a Jan. 9 program to be held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, featuring the glorious sounds of the chapel's organ and choir.
  • The Northwestern University Symphonic Band's brass and reed players and percussionists in a Jan. 30 performance called "Banding Together." Ryan T. Nelson will conduct the band at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
  • Robert G. Hasty conducting the Merit School Symphony Orchestra during a March 6 performance of Camille Saint-Saens' classic "Carnival of the Animals." The program will be held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall and also will include other works.
  • A diverse assortment of percussion instruments exploring a variety of energetic musical styles April 24, the "Percolating Percussion" program will be held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
  • "Ivories, Buttons and Such," a May 1 program blending music, dance and song in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall celebrating different keyboard instruments, including pianos, accordions, concertinas and melodeons.

Go online view a Kids Fare video sampler.

Save up to 20 percent on tickets with the Family Fun Pack, which consists of two adult passes and four children's passes to all seven concerts for $112. All single tickets are $6 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger Web site at www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit the Web site to purchase tickets online.

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