Out and About in KC: Classical Concerts for Kids

Ready for your first musical “field trip” with your kiddo?  Kansas City is full of great concerts for the five and under crowd in a variety of genres.  Here are two fantastic concert series you may not know about that highlight classical works for younger kids:

Kids Club

Each year, our partner organization, the UMKC Community Music & Dance Academy offers a special concert series for children ages 3-8 years of age called Kids Club.  In fact, some of you may have been to our “Wiggle, Giggle, Quack” concert a couple of years ago, which the teachers at Kindermusik with Joy presented (with the help of my dear hubby and pianist, Andrew Granade).

This year the Academy has another great lineup with music and dance events taking us Around the World.  Concerts include musical improvisations and explorations of Armenian music with Composer/pianist Tatev Amiryan and saxophonist Aryana Nemati (Oct. 8), the ballet the Cinderella (Nov. 5) highlighting music from Prokofiev, a presentation by the UMKC Graduate Brass Quintet (Jan. 28) of HornSmoke – a Wild West Romp with the silly kind of music and narrative combination only Peter Schickele can write, and the Kansas City Youth Symphony Orchestra (March 3) performing works from all over the globe.

Kids Club events are held at White Recital Hall in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, located at 4949 Cherry St.  FREE parking is available.  Each event starts at 10:00 a.m. and lasts about an hour.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Kansas City Symphony Family Series

For the slightly older crowd (starting at age 4) you might check out this delightful series with the Kansas City Symphony in their brand new concert hall.  Introduce your child to music performed by some of Kansas City’s premiere musicians.  Concerts are 70 minutes on Sundays at 2:30 pm, and the season includes:

A Christmas Festival – Dec. 18 featuring Christmas carols and Santa

Tchaikovsky Discovers America – Jan. 29 by the Classical Kids producers telling the story of the famous Russian’s visit to America

Jim Cosgrove “Mr. Stinky Feet!” live – April 22 presented by a KC local and favorite

Disney in Concert:  Magical Music from the Movies – June 3 includes visual imagery and singing suitable for children of all ages

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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