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Discover the Magic of Music

Kids Fare Series begins Sept. 24 with “March with the Band”

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September 12, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The rousing sounds of Northwestern University’s high-stepping Wildcat Marching Band; concerts featuring student percussionists and wind musicians; the story of “Peter and the Wolf” performed by Chicago’s Merit School of Music Symphony Orchestra; and a performance by DanceWorks Chicago are all part of the 2011-12 Kids Fare series.

The series for children aged 3 to 8 and their families begins Sept. 24 and runs through April 14. Presented by Northwestern’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, these popular hourlong Saturday morning programs give audiences a look at artists and the arts in a comfortable and fun setting. Each interactive program is designed to develop children’s understanding of music through song, guided listening experiences and creative movement. To view a Kids Fare video sampler, visit www.pickstaiger.org/video/kids-fare-sampler.

Kids Fare events start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and are held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Welsh-Ryan Arena, 2705 Ashland Ave, or at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, as noted below. Free parking is available in the Ryan Field west lot on Ashland Avenue north of Central Street as well as the F lot parking structure just south of Pick-Staiger.

Individual tickets for each event are $6 for the general public and $4 for children. Families can save 15 percent off the single-ticket price by purchasing a Family Fun Pack: two adult passes and two children’s passes to all six concerts for $108. Each Fun Pack entitles the buyer to two free additional children’s passes per concert so children can bring siblings, cousins or friends. Tickets can be purchased via phone at (847) 467-4000 or online at www.pickstaiger.org. For more information, visit www.pickstaiger.org or call (847) 491-5441.

The six-concert series includes:

Sept. 24 – “March with the Band” at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Children are invited to bring their favorite toy instrument and march along with the University’s Wildcat Marching Band at the end of the program. Young audience members also will have a chance to see and hear the marching band instruments up close during an “instrument petting zoo” after the show.

Nov. 5 - “A Paragon of Percussion” at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Bienen School of Music students will demonstrate the diverse world of percussion and showcase a variety of rhythmic and melodic sounds. Children may bring their favorite percussion instruments -- or even pots and pans from home -- for a jam session at the end of the performance.

Jan. 21 - “Simply Sensational Symphonic Band” at Pick-Staiger. Under the direction of Timothy J. Robblee, Northwestern’s Symphonic Band will celebrate the sound of brass, percussion and woodwinds in a musical adventure featuring different melodies, rhythms and styles.

Feb. 18 - “Really Resonating Reeds” at Pick-Staiger. Members of Northwestern’s saxophone ensemble and clarinet studio members will showcase the big and small and high and low examples of their single-reed instruments in a “feast” for the ears.

March 10 - “Musical Merit-ocracy” at Pick-Staiger. Chicago’s Merit School of Music Symphony Orchestra will bring the story of “Peter and the Wolf” to life. The beloved tale, accompanied by music, demonstrates the distinct sounds of the instruments of the orchestra.

April 14 – “A Fleet of Feet” at Pick-Staiger. DanceWorks Chicago will conclude the 2011-12 Kids Fare season with an energetic program of music, dance, movement and rhythm.