• Fall Preview: Cool Concerts For The Whole Family

    Keep the family rockin’ till winter with our list of 10 must-see fall concerts

    By Lauren Vespoli

    From Bach for babies to hip hop violinists, there’s a musical performance for nearly every family’s taste! Check out our list of 10 must-see shows this fall, and keep the family rockin’ till winter.

    September 28: Trendy tots can listen to some new tunes at Hip Tot’s Family Day in Greenwood Park! See trombonist Vinny Nobile of Bim Skala Bim, Pilfers, and Trummytones, perform, and enjoy musical crafts with Barking Cat Studio. Free; Sunday, 12pm. 555 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, hiptot.com

    October 4: Kicking off the “Just Kidding” season at Symphony Space, Upper West Sider Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys promise a fun and musical show for the whole family! Listen up and sing along to her original family folk songs as Vanessa shares her love for music with young ones. Children, $14, Adults, $21; 11am. 2537 Broadway, 212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org 

    Clarinetist Oran Ektin; photo via bam.org

    Clarinetist Oran Ektin; photo via bam.org

    October 19: Catch the Grammy Award-winning South African ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo for a family concert at Carnegie Hall. Dance and sing along in Zulu as the group performs their inspirational hits. $12-$18; Sunday, 1pm. 881 7th Avenue, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

    October 25-26: Join the Little Orchestra Society as Lolli-Pops kicks off its new season with the Circus Parade at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Audience members can act as ringmaster and choose which melodies suit the circus folk—tightrope walker, clowns, bears, and more—creating a unique circus soundscape! $17-55; Saturday, 10am & 11:30am; Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm. 695 Park Avenue, 212-971-9500, littleorchestra.org

     November 8:  Introduce your tots to the power of percussion at Baby Got Bach’s Principally Percussion interactive concert at 92Y.  Kids ages 3-6 can enjoy performances by artistic director Orli Shaham and guest artists, as well as trying sound experiments and jamming on real instruments!  $18; Saturday, 10am. 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212-415-5500, 92Y.org

    November 9:  Introduce  the kids to the unique sound of the French composer Maurice Ravel at the New York Chamber Music Society’s “Meet the Music: The Magical World of Ravel.” In the show, Ravel appears to a young pianist in a dream, and explains the mysteries of his magical music. Tickets start at $10; Sunday, 2pm. 1941 Broadway , (212) 875-5788 chambermusicsociety.org

    November 15: Come to BAM to see award-winning clarinetist Oran Etkin perform his original Timbaloo music education program. He’ll bring instruments to life through the tale of Clara Net and Big Mama Tuba. $9; Saturday, 10:30am. 30 Lafayette Avenue, 718-636-4100, bam.org

    November 15: Explore fundamental musical questions, such as—how does a new setting change a melody’s meaning? What is melody?—with the New York Philharmonic at their Super Sonic Music Box: Melody Transformed show, for curious kids and their families. $12-$38; Saturday, 2pm; 10 Lincoln Center Plaza,  212-875-5656, nyphil.org

    November 22: Join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and bassist Carlos Henriquez for their family concert, “Who is Tito Puente?” The JCLO will honor Grammy-award winner Puente’s legacy as a master salsa musician, Latin jazz composer and arranger in this celebration of his music. Tickets from $10; Saturday, 1pm & 3pm. 3 Columbus Circle, 212-721-6500, jazz.org

    November 22: For a show that will have the whole family dancing in the aisles, catch Black Violin at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.  Violinists Kev and Wil B—who have toured with artists such as Alicia Keys and P. Diddy—will captivate with their fusion of jazz, hip hop and R&B. $15, Saturday, 2pm. 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn; 718-951-4500, brooklyncenter.org

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