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Using the upcoming holiday as a catalyst, families can utilize community resources in order to explore classical music through the lens of Halloween! From weekly concerts and kid-friendly symphony visits to musically inspired activities and games, families have a wealth of resources available to support children in exploring the world of classical music.

Using upcoming seasonal concerts as a catalyst, families can utilize community resources in order to explore classical music! From weekly concerts and kid-friendly symphony visits to musically inspired activities and games, families have a wealth of resources available to support children in exploring the world of classical music.

Beautiful music is an aural delight. But every now and again you have a special situation where music and place just bind themselves together to create a truly memorable experience. The musical genius of composer Franz Schubert finds subtle and innovative acoustics at the Rotherwas Room at the Mead Museum in Amherst, through a remarkably creative sound installation. The room is the perfect historical ornate setting for masterful classical music that is wonderfully deconstructed through a system of five speakers that each represents a single instrument in a quintet! This is a very rare opportunity for people of all ages to appreciate the timeless genius of classical music and to feel it in a greater historical context. Read on to learn more about the exhibit and what supporting events are happening around it.

 Listen to podcast: Classical Music Episode with Guest DJs, Stephen and Bonnie Ward Simon Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am March 3rd & 4th, 2012 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA  Archived Podcasts ♦ Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter PLAYLIST Simon Sinfonietta, Stephen Simon, conductor – “Beethoven Symphony No. 9 – II. Molto vivace” [Archival] New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor – “William Tell Overture” by Rossini… Read More

Classical Music Comes Alive Hilltown Family Variety Show this Weekend Bonnie Ward Simon and Stephen Simon, the husband-and-wife team behind Maestro Classics, winner of over 50 prestigious awards for its Stories In Music CD series, will serve as guest program hosts for a special “Stories in Music with the Creators of Maestro Classics” radio broadcast of Hilltown Family Variety Show on Northampton radio station 103.3FM WXOJ-LP (Valley Free Radio) on Saturday, March… Read More

How to Get (and Keep) Your Kids Excited About Classical Music By Richard Perlmutter Listening to classical music makes kids smarter? True or not, lots of parents say that when their kids are introduced to classical music, they enjoy it just as much as other kinds of music. You’ve already exposed your children to classical music. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is a Mozart melody and “Brahms Lullaby” is of course by Brahms…. Read More

Enjoying Classical Music At Home Here are a few out-of-the box ways to enjoy classical music at home: A game of follow-the-leader gets twice as silly when it happens during a Johann Strauss Jr. Waltz. Break a toy? Why not grieve properly to Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette? Tiptoe through the house during the Pizzicato-Polka, a beloved composition by Joseph Strauss. Sit opposite your child and engage in a non-verbal conversation… Read More

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