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Classical Kids & Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
Gershwin’s Magic Key
Endorsed by the Gershwin Family Interests, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and having triumphantly premiered with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Gershwin’s Magic Key is the first-ever educationally-entertaining theatrical symphony concert exposing children and their parents to the extraordinary life and musical masterpieces of one of the greatest American composers of all time!
The story tells of a chance meeting on the streets of New York City between a poor newspaper boy and the great American composer, George Gershwin. The orchestra magically weaves Gershwin’s greatest hits into the drama as the master composer shares historical anecdotes about his life and musical passion. A bonding friendship develops as they explore the vast melting pot of American music and discover the key to unlocking the boy’s own musical potential.
Audiences are captivated by over twenty of Gershwin’s most popular compositions from classical compositions including Porgy & Bess, American in Paris, Cuban Overture, Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue to popular hits from the American Songbook including “I Got Rhythm,” “Swanee,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “Fascinating Rhythm.”
Presenting history, drama, music and fun, this engaging concert is an ideal way to introduce children to the power of orchestral and classical music. The performance is approximately 50 minutes in length and is recommended for audiences age five and up.
“Far And Away the Best for Introducing Children to Classical Music!”
– Boston Herald
“One of the Most Completely Wondrous Examples of Children’s Entertainment Ever!”
“Art Made Accessible: Nobody Does it Better than Classical Kids!”
– Entertainment Weekly
“The Best Way to Unlock the Mind and Heart of a Child to the Wonders of Musical Masterpieces!”
– New York Daily News
About Classical Kids LIVE!
Classical Kids LIVE! is produced by Classical Kids Music Education, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that works to enrich communities through direct access to culturally significant venues, professional artists and organizations, and high-quality theatrical concert productions, while fostering new appreciation for classical music and music history. In combination with the Classical Kids Teaching Edition, Classical Kids LIVE! serves as one of the world’s best educational outreach and community engagement programs contributing to the long-term health of classical music. Having received more awards and honors than any other entity of its kind, Classical Kids is proud to say, “We’re making a difference!”