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 by the Ann and Abe Effron Donor Advised Fund
of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

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

September 15, 2018, 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.

October 21, 2018, 12:00 PM
Sō Percussion

Sō Percussion is a percussion-based music organization that creates and presents new collaborative works to adventurous and curious audiences and educational initiatives to engaged students, while providing meaningful service to its communities, in order to exemplify the power of music to unite people and forge deep social bonds.
With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an "exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam," (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble.
Rooted in the belief that music is an essential facet of human life, a social bond, and an effective tool in creating agency and citizenship, Sō Percussion enthusiastically pursues a growing range of social and community outreach.

February 17, 2019, 3:00 PM
OPERAtion Opera (Met Chorus Singers)
The Met Chorus Artists bring the magic of opera to the Howland Center in a program especially made for children. This program introduces young audiences to different types of operatic voices, how music can convey emotion, what happens in the theater, and more. Through a mixture of vocal demonstrations, interactive play, and excerpts of arias and ensembles from opera's most beloved works, this jam-packed concert is sure to be a fun-filled afternoon outing for kids and their families.
These concerts are made possible by the Ann and Abe Effron Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

March 10, 2019, 12:00 PM
Simone Dinnerstein

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is known for her "majestic originality of vision" (The Independent) and her "lean, knowing and unpretentious elegance" (The New Yorker).
Dinnerstein first attracted attention in 2007 with her self-produced recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. It was a remarkable success, reaching No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many "Best of 2007" lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.
Since 2007 the New York-based pianist's performance schedule has taken her around the world.
Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York public schools which raises funds for their music education programs. She has also created a program called Bachpacking for elementary schools. She takes a digital keyboard into individual classrooms, helping young children to get close to the music she loves.