Brazilian percussionist Dede Sampaio, ensemble members from DanceWorks Chicago, and the Northwestern University Marching Band are among the featured artists in Kids Fare, a seven-concert series for children 3 to 8 years of age. Presented by Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, the series of hourlong Saturday programs include:
Sept. 28 -- March with the Band
The annual opening event at Welsh-Ryan Arena lets children experience Northwestern’s Wildcat Marching Band, led by Daniel J. Farris, director of athletic bands. Young audience members are encouraged to bring their favorite toy instruments to play as they march with the band at the end of the program.
Nov. 9 -- Brasstacular!
The Bienen School of Music Brass Ensemble performs works for trumpets, trombones, horns and tubas at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Jan. 18 -- Ringing Singing
Vocalists from the Bienen School voice and opera program perform at Pick-Staiger.
Jan. 25 -- Symphonically Sensational
A concert featuring winds, brass and percussion at Pick-Staiger.
Feb. 15 -- ¡Festejar o Ritmo de Brazil!
Brazilian percussion virtuoso Dede Sampaio and special guests perform South American rhythms on indigenous instruments at Pick-Staiger.
March 15 -- Orchestral Dreams
The Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra present pieces for strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion at Pick-Staiger.
May 17 -- Prancing and Dancing
The 2013-14 Kids Fare season finale spotlights celebrated company DanceWorks Chicago at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.