APRIL’S FEATURED COMPOSER MAY NOT BE A HOUSEHOLD NAME, BUT YOU AND YOUR KIDS WILL BE FASCINATED BY HIS LIFE AND HIS USE OF FAMILIAR RHYMES IN HIS WORKS.
Dmitri Kabalevsky composed music under difficult circumstances…living in the Soviet Union, the government dictated what sort of art (whether paintings or sculptures or literature or music) should be created. Even under these confines, Kabalevsky was able to create beautiful symphonies, concertos and a collection of solo pieces based on the Russian translation of Mother Goose rhymes.
Shows for April are:
- About Dmitri Kabalevsky
- The Comedians Suite
- What's a Galop?
- Musical Jokes
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John Philip Sousa is known as the March King, and he spent many years conducting the U.S. Marine Corps Band. What many don’t know is, along with all the marches he composed, he also wrote 15 operettas for the theater.
The shows in May include:
- About John Philip Sousa
- About the Stars and Stripes Forever
- American Military Bands
- The Golden Age of American Bands
- I Love a Parade!
Here’s a great idea… encourage your children to explore the music on classicsforkids.com and share some of their favorites with you! What a great way to find out what your kids enjoy… then you can guide them to other music they might like in the same genre. It’s all free, every day, at classicsforkids.com.
As we feature Kabalevsky this month, classicsforkids.com makes it easy for you to introduce Russian composers to your students. Just go to the front page and click on the Russian Composers icon for biographies and music samples from Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and others.
Parents and teachers, you know Classics for Kids™ loves to hear from you about the program, the website, and how it can be improved and more relevant to you in making classical music part of your child’s life.
Just fill out the feedback form here. We also want to hear from your kids, so have them check out our Bulletin Board section here to see what other kids have sent and how to send in their own artwork or letter.
"The process of being on a team, where you can listen to other voices without losing your own and listen to your own without drowning out others, is invaluable."
Joel Krosnick, Juilliard String Quartet