Chicago Children's Theatre invites families to meet Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy on Monday, January 21, at 1:00 pm at the Chase Auditorium on 10 Sourth Dearborn Street in downtown Chicago. Admission is free but reservations are required at www.chicagochildrenstheatre.org/CPC. School and public performances of Bud, Not Buddy run through February 24 at Chicago’s Ruth Page Center for the Arts on 1016 North Dearborn Street. To purchase, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call 872-222-9555. For group rates, visit GroupTix.net or call 773-327-3778.
Featuring book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, the G-rated The Music Man is the next American musical in the Paramount's Broadway Series now performing through February 3 at the company’s space on 23 East Galena Boulevard in Aurora. One of the most iconic shows in American theater history, the musical includes (Ya Got) Trouble; Gary, Indiana; Seventy Six Trombones; Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little and Till There Was You. For tickets and information, call 630-896-6666 or visit www ParamountAurora.com.
The Music Institute is hosting a community event as part of the Youth in Music Festival. In addition to showcasing young musicians, the event features a panel discussion led by Mark Churchill, formerly of New England Conservatory and now director of El Sistema USA. This free event takes place on Saturday, February 2, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Highland Park Community House Ballroom on 1991 Sheridan Road in Highland Park. The Youth in Music Festival culminates with A Celebration of Youth in Music, a free public concert conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto Monday, at 8:00 pm on February 4 at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. For more information, visit https://www.musicinst.org.
Kids Fare—a series of hourlong musical events created for children aged 3 to 8—continues in 2013 with shows this winter. On January 26, the Northwestern University Symphonic Band presents Band Illusions where children will explore brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments. On February 16, Air Raid features an array of wind-generated sounds generated from a kazoo, harmonica, slide whistle, trombone, garden hose, flute, seashell, oboe reed, bassoon, horn, pan pipe, puckered lips, clarinet, tuba and more. All concerts are open to the public and held Saturdays at 10:30 am at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on 50 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students. For more information, visit www.pickstaiger.org.