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 21, 2019, 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 MeKeel's Music Shop will display their instruments and be available to answer questions.
A concert by area musicians will precede 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 20, 2019, 12:00 PM
Duo Scorpio (duo harps)

In 2010, harpists Kathryn Andrews and Kristi Shade began searching for music for their newly formed ensemble and found this area of harp repertoire yet to be fully explored in a contemporary setting. They hope to help create a new body of work composed for the modern harp that highlights the versatility and uniqueness of the instrument.
The duo has performed with Florence + the Machine at the Met Gala, for the New York City Chapter of the American Harp Society, at the American Harp Society National Conference in Atlanta in 2016, for the Mile High Chapter of the American Harp Society in Denver, Colorado, for the San Diego Chapter of the American Harp Society, as part of the chamber music series for the Miami Symphony in Miami, Florida, and has been presented by the Virginia Harp Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They maintain a busy performing schedule in New York City and around the world.
Coincidentally, Katie and Kristi were both born on November 5, 1982, making them both Scorpios. They met in New York City where they received their Master’s degrees studying with Susan Jolles at the Manhattan School of Music. They have embraced their Zodiac alignment by using their talent and passion to team up and form this unique duo.

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12:00 PM
Fei-Fei, piano

Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), Chinese pianist Fei-Fei is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News).

March 15, 2020, 12:00 PM
WindSync Woodwind Quintet

WindSync is a collective of five outstanding North American wind musicians who come together as performers, educators, and community-builders. WindSync concerts are intimate, joyful, and thoughtfully programmed with people and places in mind.
The quintet eliminates the "fourth wall" by performing from memory, connecting quickly and memorably with audiences.
Recent winners of the Concert Artists Guild and Fischoff competitions, they approach their mixed repertory of wind quintets and arrangements with the highest level of artistic dedication.