If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce your children to classical music – or if you already have and just want them to enjoy a live performance - bring your children ages 4 and up to Navy Pier this weekend for a collaboration between Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Chicago Chamber Musicians. In their 11th annual family concert, they present the Chicago premiere of Leave it to Ludwig by Bruce Adolphe in a one hour concert that will introduce families and children to the joys of live performance.
Leave it to Ludwig premiered at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2010 and comes to Chicago Shakespeare Theater this weekend for its Chicago premiere. Leave it to Ludwig tells the tale of Ludwig van Beethoven, who magically appears to help a young pianist master the composer’s music, while excerpts from some of his most beloved works are performed by CCM ensemble members. Composer Bruce Adolphe will portray the title character and Northwestern University Associate Professor of Piano James F. Giles will play the young pianist.
Between concerts each day, interactive exhibits staged in the CST lobby will give children a chance to explore the instruments used in the concert. Musicians will be available for autographs and young performers will demonstrate their craft and answer questions about the featured instruments.
Performances of Leave it to Ludwig run Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20, in CST’s Courtyard Theater at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each day. All patrons receive a 40% discount on guaranteed parking in Navy Pier garages. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office at 312-595-5600 or visit the Theater’s website.
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