Princeton University Concerts’ family concert for kids ages 3 to 6 returns to the Richardson Auditorium stage on Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. In “Baby Got Bach: String ‘Stravaganza,” hosted by renowned pianist Orli Shaham, pre-school-aged kids are introduced to the joy of live classical music, joined by special guest artists, the Rolston String Quartet, the 2016 first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition. The program highlights chamber music for string instruments with piano, introducing youngsters to the violin, viola, cello, and piano. Tickets for Princeton University Concerts’ family programs go quickly, and are only $5 kids/$10 adults available at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, or by calling 609-258-9220.
About Baby Got Bach. The interactive concert series Baby Got Bach was founded by concert pianist Orli Shaham in 2010. As artistic director, she draws on both her background as an internationally renowned musician and her experience as the mother of young children. Baby Got Bach’s interactive concerts introduce young children to musical instruments, concepts, and the experience of concert-going.
The concerts feature hands-on activities followed by performances that encourage audience participation and develop listening skills. The wildly popular series, presented in New York City by the 92nd Street Y, is included in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York” list, and has been cited as “magical” and “a terrific family event” in the press, praised in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, among others.
Baby Got Bach made its Princeton University Concerts debut in the spring of 2016 and has returned every year since.
About the Artists. Host and pianist Orli Shaham, winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, she has performed with nearly all of the major symphony orchestras in North America, as well as some of the most important orchestras in Europe, Asia and Australia including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and many more. Her recital schedule takes her to well-known venues around the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York City to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
Driven by a passion to bring classical music to new audiences, Ms. Shaham has maintained an active parallel career as a respected broadcaster, music writer and lecturer. Ms. Shaham has taught music literature at Columbia University, and was artist-in-residence on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
First prize laureate of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet was named among the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 2016 “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” The 2017-2018 season takes them to the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Esterhazy Palace.
Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium. www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org. 609-258-9220