Welcome to Classical Kids LIVE!

Introducing the extraordinary lives and musical masterpieces of the great composers to future generations.

DOUBLES, ANYONE?

Thanks to a generous matching pledge, all donations to Classical Kids will be DOUBLED up to $13,000!

Your donation will help us bring the joy of classical music to thousands of children and their families next season!

Help us meet our fundraising goal of $26,000 by June 30th.

ABOUT OUR PRODUCTIONS

Over the past two decades, Classical Kids LIVE! has collaborated with hundreds of distinguished orchestras to present over a thousand performances of Susan Hammond’s best-selling audio stories for student and family audiences to more than two million children and adults across the globe.

Our magically staged concerts bring to life the extraordinary legacies and the musical masterpieces of the great classical composers. Classical Kids has received more awards and honors than any other entity of its kind; we are considered a leader in our field, and we’re proud to say, “We’re making a difference!”

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DON'T MISS THE NEWEST CLASSICAL KIDS ADVENTURE,

SAINT-GEORGES' SWORD AND BOW!

Jonah D. Winston as Joseph Bologne and Brandi Jiminez Lee as Giselle at DePaul University

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at some of the superb fencing in Saint-Georges’ Sword & Bow!

Kelvin Roston Jr. as Joseph and Demetra Dee as Giselle, fight choreography by Nick Sandys

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TEACHING RESOURCES FOR CLASSROOM AND HOME SCHOOLING

Pay-what-you-can during this limited time offer!

Gershwin's Magic Key CD

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Classical Kids’ newest recording is NOW AVAILABLE!

LATEST NEWS

Spring 2024 Newsletter

In This Issue: Note from Demetra Dee, LAST CALL to book 24-25, Thank You! Chicagoland: Catch Saint-Georges’ on 3/24, We get by with a little help, Beethoven Fun Fact

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Fall 2023 Newsletter

In This Issue: It’s a Family Affair!, Spinning ‘Round ‘Round, NOW BOOKING 24-25, A Note from Linden Huebner, Roll Out the Red Carpet, 23-24 Grand Tour

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Program Goals

Classical Kids Music Education recognizes that the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are vital to a fully realized cultural and artistic life for all individuals. Our mission is to provide children with an exciting and educational point of entry into the world of classical music by humanizing the lives of the great composers, creating an emotional connection to their musical masterpieces, and inspiring a personal excellence that leads to greater achievement and success in life. For far too long, the ideas of who the great composers are and which are the important stories of music history have not been built on cultural inclusion and equity. Consequently, we also recognize that Classical Kids must do the important work of expanding our own programming and repertoire to promote these ideas within our organization, audiences, and collaborators.

Moving forward, Classical Kids has identified three new programmatic goals:

  • Expand our Every Orchestra, Every Child Initiative to include discounts for orchestras that book Classical Kids, as well as a percentage of discounted or no-cost performance tickets for children and families who face financial challenges and/or limited access to the arts.
  • Translate Beethoven Lives Upstairs for Spanish-language performance and/or Spanish supertitles, and eventually do the same for Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage, Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery, Tchaikovsky Discovers America, and Gershwin’s Magic Key.
  • Develop productions that reconsider and expand our ideas of the great composers, starting with Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, who is widely regarded as the first classical composer of African heritage. Classical Kids has committed to and engaged BIPOC artists in the creative development process.

Fundraising for these initiatives is a priority in the coming seasons as ongoing, multi-year efforts to help Classical Kids become a more just, inclusive organization for our audiences, our artists, and our collaborators.
We will also continue our current outreach efforts, such as our Licensing Initiative and our school residency Music Inspires!, examining how we can change or expand those programs to prioritize EDI.
Our organization’s leadership also continues to review organizational structure and practices to identify and implement structural and/or administrative changes to promote EDI within Classical Kids.

We hope you will be part of this change! Thank you for your support of Classical Kids, our mission, and these new initiatives!

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