20Apr

Giveaway: 4 Tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Love jazz?  Jazz at Lincoln Center is the quintessential jazz experience in New York City! Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival culminates when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis joins the top three high school jazz bands across North America for the finale concert of the festival.  The first half of the concert will feature the three high school bands performing with guest soloist Wynton Marsalis.  After intermission, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Read More

16Apr

YMCA’s Touch-a-Truck Street Fair on May 22nd

Touch a Truck

One of my old stomping grounds in the city, the West Side YMCA, will hold its annual Touch-A-Truck Street Fair: A Hands-On Street Fair & Fundraiser for Kids on Saturday, May 22nd.  Billed as an event to benefit the Strong Kids Campaign, it features NYFD fire engines, NYPD police vehicles, UPS trucks, bouncy castles, arts & crafts, food vendors and live music performances by AudraRox (who I adore). The West Side YMCA’s annual Touch-A-Truck Street Fair & Fundraiser will be held from 10am – 4pm (rain or shine) on West 64th St. between Read More

06Apr

How to See Your Kids Perform Live at Carnegie Hall

CAMP BROADWAY

Camp Broadway is seeking 60 talented singer/performers, ages 12-16, to participate in a special appearance with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on Monday, May 2, 2011 as part of their 28th Birthday Gala. The Camp Broadway Kids will perform “When Hope Was There” with the world-famous New York Pops orchestra, under the direction of Steven Reineke, in celebration of the life and legacy of beloved entertainer, Bob Hope, a 2011 gala honoree. This special Camp Broadway experience includes 3-days of music, movement and orchestra rehearsals under the Read More

01Apr

Symphony Space: Just Kidding Series

I recently wrote about one my favorite NYC theaters for kids, Symphony Space.  I highly suggest you take the kids next weekend to this great series called "Just Kidding".   This series offers a cornucopia of weekly family-friendly performances this season.  Every Saturday from October through May, Symphony Space continues their tradition of offering New York families ground-breaking programming from around the country.  To play songs, play videos and get updates from the "Just Kidding" series, go here. Please read below about some of their offerings Read More

02Mar

Giveaway: NYC Opera Family Matinee Concert of “Where the Wild Things Are” (yes, Maurice Sendak!)

NYC Opera Where the Wild Things Are

I'm a big fan of the opera, and I'm always excited to hear about new ways to introduce it to my young children.  This is one of those exciting concerts coming up for so many reasons: it's made for children, so it's not long, and it's based on the beloved children’s book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, a story they know and love. Composed by Oliver Knussen to a libretto by Sendak himself, this innovative work tells the tale of a little boy with a wild imagination.  Visual imagery for the family concert has been designed by New York City Read More

10Feb

Mama Doni & The Mama Doni Band in a Hamentaschen Hip Hip at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Mama Doni

In a spirit of outrageous fun, Mama Doni & The Mama Doni Band bring their special brand of “funky music with a Jewish twist” to an all-ages “Hamentaschen Hip Hop” show for Purim at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at The Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, NYC. This concert is made possible by a generous gift from the Margaret Neubart Foundation Trust. Doni Zasloff Thomas, a.k.a. Mama Doni, is the lead singer/songwriter of The Mama Doni Band, winner of the Simcha Award for “Inspiring Joy Through Music” in competition with more than 100 bands Read More

07Jan

Guest Post: The Help Group and Music for Autism Premiere

The Help Group and Music for Autism are proud to present a special, interactive concert on January 30, 2011 at 1:00pm at The Help Group in Sherman Oaks. The performance featuring violinist Seami Park and Sarah Thornblade, associate principal second violin, both from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will be the opening event at The Help Group’s Autism Center. The unique interactive event for all individuals with autism and their families will feature “concert time” when audience members are free to respond to music as active audience members; Read More

25Dec

Groovey Concert: David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band at the Jewish Museum

David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band will perform two concerts for kids at The Jewish Museum on Sunday, January 23 at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.  These performances will feature never-before-heard songs from the band’s forthcoming album, All I Want!, scheduled for release in March 2011. Families will also hear favorite songs that celebrate being a kid in New York City such as City Kid, Subway, Jack Hammer Joe and Staten Island Ferry, and songs in celebration of nature such as Welcome to the World and Big Old Tree.  David Weinstone, the Read More

14Dec

Happy Concerts for Young People Ages 6-12 at Avery Fisher Hall

The Little Orchestra Society presents it's latest Happy Concerts for Young People Ages 6 to 12 "AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS" on Saturday, December 18, 2010  11:00am and 1:00pm at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center (1941 Broadway at 65th Street, New York City).  Tickets range from $12-$50. One of New York’s most anticipated holiday events, this glittering presentation will enchant audiences of all ages. An entirely new production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s musical masterpiece about universal love and generosity is directed by John Sheehan Read More

09Dec

PASTA! A Pop Ups Puppet Musical in NYC

Looking for something to do during holiday break? PASTA! A Pop Ups Puppet Musical will take you on a tasty and epic journey that gets you home in time for dinner. Join The Pop Ups (veteran kids’ rockers JACOB STEIN & JASON RABINOWITZ) for an educational and comic musical adventure through the magical land of Brooklyn.  With the audience’s help, The Pop Ups search for the ingredients to make the best (locally sourced) pasta sauce ever. Warning: Prepare for a high-energy live act involving live-drawing, dance-beats, colorful puppets, animals, Read More