I want to introduce you to a musical CD series that combines a dramatic story of one of the classical composers, a bit of history about that composer, and excerpts from their magnificent music. It is called: “Classical Kids”—a must for every child’s musical library.
There are eight CDs in the series and include: Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Mr. Bach Comes to Call, Mozart’s Magic Fantasy, Hallelujah Handel, Tchaikovsky in America, Classical Kids Christmas and Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage.
One of my kids’ favorites was Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage. It is about the Dream Children who are about to be written out of Mozart’s most famous opera. In the hopes of changing their fate, they enlist the help of the composer’s young son Karl. Together the children embark on an incredible journey that takes them back in time to Mozart’s childhood and ahead to the future. Along the way, Karl comes to understand his father’s legacy of timeless music.
This CD includes more than a dozen excerpts of Mozart’s music including: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, the Clarinet Quintet, Flute Quartet, Horn Concerto, Symphony No. 1, plus excerpts from Mozart’s best-loved operas.
“Classical Kids” is fabulous as a CD series and our sons loved listening to them at night as they fell asleep, but they can also be enjoyed live. They have been reproduced as a live stage concert called, “Classical Kids LIVE.” These magically staged concerts use professional actors and acclaimed symphony orchestras that bring to life the extraordinary lives and music masterpieces of the great classical composers. For over twenty years these concerts have brought children a unique blend of music entertainment, adventure, education, and classical music. Check out their website to see if they will be performing in your area: www.classicalkidslive.com
If you are unable to see this series live, then definitely purchase the CDs—for your kids it will be “love at first sound!”