Blair Thomas Puppets

[Post Format image 884]MIC Family Concert | March 15

Music Institute presents a Family Concert:

“A PIANO WITH 3 TALES”

by Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theatre

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
General Admission: $5

These interactive one-hour programs, geared for children 4-12 years of age, feature fun-filled performances with just the right mix of music education. Activities in the lobby, one hour prior to each program, offer kids a variety of opportunities to discover music including an instrument petting zoo, early childhood demonstrations, student performances and more!

A Piano with 3 Tales » 12 pm
In this production, a classical piano recital masquerading as puppet show, young audiences experience masterworks by monumental composers for the instrument, not to mention an enthralling tune for toy piano (yes, toy piano!) by living composer Stephen Montague.
Three pieces for piano are collected in this spectacle for children and children-at-heart, all performed in their entirety, live, by acclaimed pianist Mary Rose Norell. Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exibition, Frederic Chopin’s Scherzo in b minor and Montague’s Mirabella a Tarantella (for toy piano) are each realized by a cast of Blair Thomas’ handmade puppets of all kinds, from bunraku dolls to larger-than-life human-sized costumes. Featuring brand-new characters and narratives this delightful family show exercises the imagination and reveals the magical power of wordless music.
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Open House » 11 am
Start your day at the Music Institute of Chicago. Fun for families begins with an open house in the lobby where toddlers can try Musikgarten® early childhood demos, kids play instruments at our instrument “petting” zoo, parents talk with faculty, and everyone can enjoy refreshments, student performances and special discounts on lessons and classes.

Contact: Dan Williams: dwilliams@musicinst.org