Classics For Kids
The Howland Chamber Music Circle and the Howland Cultural Center
co-present performances for children throughout the season.
These include our popular Instrument Petting Zoo and performances by leading artists.

All concerts take place at the Howland Cultural Center.
Times vary and are listed with each event.

Tickets: $10/adult; children free when accompanied by an adult (up to 4 children per adult),
except the Instrument Petting Zoo which is free to all.

These concerts are made possible, in part,
by Dutchess Tourism,
administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.


Get a glimpse of our past "Carnival of the Animals" concert.

September 9, 2017, 3pm
Instrument Petting Zoo and Concert - FREE!

Students have the chance to handle and play various instruments, including winds, strings, piano and guitar.
Our partners from Stamell Strings and Paul Effman Music will display their instruments and be available to answer questions.
A concert by area musicians will follow the Petting Zoo, demonstrating many of the instruments through performance.

While this concert is FREE, we do ask that people please sign up using the Get Tickets button since space is limited.
past event

October 29, 2017, 3pm
Michael Brown, piano

Program - "Themes, Variations, and Wood-Goblins."
Equally acclaimed as a pianist and composer, Michael Brown has been described as "one of the most refined of all pianist-composers" (International Piano) and "one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers" (The New York Times).
His unique artistry is reflected in his creative approach to programming that often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions.
A recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Brown regularly makes solo appearances with orchestras such as the Seattle, North Carolina, New Haven, Albany, Flagstaff and Richardson Symphonies.
past event

March 25, 2018, 4pm
Carnival of the Animals ‐ A Kids for Kids concert!

Performed by Lyra Young Artists Students
Camille Saint-Saëns' classic humorous work where each movement represents a different animal.
This concert is by kids and for kids. Performers will be young artists from the Lyra Music Festival and Workshop ( These are students of exceptional talent that will be inspiring to all.
Max Milian, piano/cello (Lyra Student)
Kaelem Michael, piano (Lyra Student)
Nathaniel LaNasa, piano (Lyra Faculty Artist)
past event

April 29, 2018, 12pm
Harlem String Quartet

Harlem Quartet advances diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.
Their mission to share their passion with a wider audience has taken them around the world; from a 2009 performance at The White House for President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama, to a highly successful tour of South Africa in 2012, and numerous venues in between.
The musically versatile ensemble has performed with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Fred Sherry, Misha Dicter, Jeremy Denk, and Paquito D'Rivera. Their most recent recording, Hot House, with jazz master Chick Corea and percussionist Gary Burton was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner.
past event