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Kids Fare Concerts Help Children Discover the Magic of Music

January 18, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Performances by the Northwestern University Symphonic Band, members of the Bienen School of Music voice department, and the guest ensemble Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, an Emmy Award-winning dance theater company based in Chicago, will continue Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music Kids Fare concert season this winter.

These popular children’s programs are designed to awaken creativity in children aged 3 to 8 and provide tools for enjoying, understanding and making music.

The hourlong Saturday morning concerts are open to the public and will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive.

The Kids Fare winter concerts include:

• Jan. 22 - The Northwestern University Symphonic Band will present “Banding Together” under the direction of Northwestern alumnus Timothy J. Robblee, the new Bienen School associate director of bands. Formerly director of bands at Washington State University and Willamette University in Salem, Ore., Robblee is an active conductor and clinician at music festivals and conferences throughout the United States. During this event, children will learn about the brass, woodwind and percussion sections of the symphonic band and have the opportunity to join in the musical celebration. Robblee, who received a master’s degree in conducting from Northwestern in 2001, narrated two previous Kids Fare concerts when he was a graduate student.

• Feb. 12 - The “Sing a Song, Sing Along” concert will feature members of the Bienen School of Music voice and opera program. The concert will cover a wide range of music, including folk and opera. The audience will have a chance to “join the chorus” during a celebration of music that is fun to sing and beautiful to hear.

• March 12 - The Jump Rhythm Jazz Project will host the “Jump That Rhythm” Kids Fare program. Jump Rhythm Jazz is led by founder, artistic director and chief choreographer Billy Siegenfeld, a member of the Northwestern University School of Communication theatre faculty. Members of the Jump Rhythm Jazz ensemble will encourage the young audience to sing and dance to music that will range from swinging jazz to hip-hop, using Siegenfeld’s trademarked free and uninhibited approach to dance and movement education called the Jump Rhythm Technique.

Tickets for each of the Kids Fare concerts are $7 for the general public; $5 for seniors and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs and children.

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 www.pickstaiger.org.
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