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Bienen School of Music Kicks Off Kids Fare Series

Seven-concert series for children begins Oct. 2 with “March with the Band”

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September 22, 2010 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The 2010-11 Kids Fare season of seven hourlong Saturday morning concerts for “budding” young conductors, instrumentalists and choristers premieres Oct. 2.

Presented by Northwestern’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and performed by student ensembles and guest artists, the series will feature the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Guitar Ensemble and Jump Rhythm Jazz Project dancers.

The popular family program series is designed to awaken creativity in children aged 3 to 8 and provide the tools for enjoying, understanding and making music. Each interactive program will engage children’s imaginations and enhance their understanding of music through song, guided listening experiences and creative movement.

Kids Fare events listed below are open to the public and begin at 10:30 a.m. The programs will be held on the University’s Evanston campus at either Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, or Trienens Hall, 2707 Ashland Ave., as noted.

• Oct. 2, “March with the Band” -- Children will march with the high-stepping Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band at Trienens Hall. Young musicians who plan to participate in this Kids Fare season opening event should bring their favorite toy instrument to play. Free parking is available 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.

• Nov. 6, “Rebellious Rhythms” -- The Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble will showcase the wild and melodic diversity of musical instruments, such as drums and rattles, in which the tone or sound is produced when some part is struck or shaken. This energetic concert will be held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

• Jan. 22, “Banding Together”-- Brass and woodwind players and percussionists from Northwestern’s student Symphonic Band will fill the Pick-Staiger stage and celebrate the rousing sounds of band music.

• Feb. 12, “Sing a Song, Sing Along” -- Vocalists, from folk music to opera singers, will congregate at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall to celebrate the joy of songs, including melodies that are fun to sing together.

• March 12, “Jump That Rhythm” -- Children and adults alike should be prepared to “move and groove” as members of the Emmy Award-winning dance company Jump Rhythm Jazz Project perform to the rhythms of an array of music. The program will be held at Pick-Staiger.

• April 23, “Pluck Those Strings” -- A celebration of string instruments by the Northwestern University Guitar Ensemble at Pick-Staiger will feature guitars, banjos, lutes, mandolins, harps, balalaikas, ukuleles, and more.

• May 7, ”Charming Chamber Music” – In an entertaining presentation survey of various instrument combinations and musical genres, string, woodwind and brass instrumentalists and small ensembles will perform together at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

All single Kids Fare tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for children.

A 20 percent discount is available with the Family Fun Pack, which for $119 includes two adult passes and four children’s passes to all seven Kids Fare concerts. Fun Pack purchasers also are entitled to two free additional passes per concert enabling them to bring siblings, cousins or friends.

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