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Bienen School Launches Fall Kids Fare Concerts

Saturday morning music programs entertain young children and their family

  • Each hourlong concert is designed to awaken creativity in children
  • Programs provide the young with tools for enjoying, understanding and making music
  • An enjoyable way for kids to learn about music, artists and the arts

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Fall 2014 Kids Fare season at Northwestern University offers ticket holders opportunities to march with the Wildcat Marching Band in late September and experience live chamber orchestra music and a related pre-concert “instrument petting zoo” in early November.

Presented by Northwestern’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, the series of seven one-hour Saturday morning programs is designed for children ages 3 to 8 and their families and friends.

The popular series provides a comfortable and fun introduction to music through song, guided listening experiences and creative movement. Programs are led by Northwestern faculty, guest artists and Bienen music students. To view a video of a Kids Fare concert, visit Pick-Staiger

Both fall Kids Fare events listed below will be held on a Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the University’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive.

• The season opens Sept. 27 with the annual “March with the Band” program, this year being held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Children are invited to bring a musical instrument from home and march with the Wildcat Marching Band, led by Daniel J. Farris.

• The Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, led by Robert G. Hasty, presents “Extraordinary Orchestra” on Nov. 8. Young audience members will experience the sounds of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion in this vibrant program. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early for a preconcert “instrument petting zoo” from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. in the Pick-Staiger lobby, featuring Educational Strings provided by William Harris Lee & Co. (NOTE: Educational Strings are a specific brand of student-appropriate instruments that include basses, cellos, violins and violas. For more information, visit

Tickets for each Kids Fare event are $6 for the general public and $4 for children and students. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 847-467-4000 or online at Pick-Staiger

For more information, visit or call 847-491-5441. For updates on parking and directions as the south campus construction project progresses, visit

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