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February’s Classics for Kids features Sergei Prokofiev. If you’ve ever heard or seen “Peter and the Wolf,” you’ve heard music from Sergei Prokofiev. This Russian-born pianist and composer wrote music for ballets, operas and even film during his life. He lived all around the world – Paris, the Alps, even the United States – but loved his homeland and returned there to live out his years in 1936. Here are the February programs:
- About Sergei Prokofiev
- Musical Sleigh Rides
- How Suite It Is
- The Story of Lt. Kije
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March’s Classics for Kids features Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who would be 164 years old on March 18! He was a Russian composer of great versatility… he wrote operas, choral music, chamber pieces and, of course, his most famous composition: “The Flight of the Bumblebee.” Here are the March programs:
- About Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
- The Tale of Tsar Saltan
- Russian Operas
- The Bees and the Birds
- Composer Teachers and their Students
If you think our Books and More section is just dedicated to biographies of composers and musicians, you really should check it out. There are recommendations for films and novels that use music as a major plot line (think: Mr. Holland’s Opus for one.) Check it out!
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