Opera and symphony concerts aren't exactly the kind of activity that might come to mind first when you think of kid-friendly pastimes.
However, Milwaukee area organizations are offering these cultured activities in a way that is light-hearted and kid-friendly.
Opera on the Go
This Saturday, March 19th at 10:30 a.m. the Florentine Opera will present a 40-minute operatic version of Jack & The Beanstalk at the Colectivo on Prospect Ave. as part of their "Opera on the Go" program. The program is best for kids ages K-5.
Their website lists the following description of the program:
"Living in poverty with his mother, Jack sells the family cow to a mysterious dustman for a handful of beans. When he returns home and shows his mom the scrawny seeds, she throws them out a window in despair. The beans, of course, take root, and in the moonlight a magical stalk grows to the sky. Discovering the beanstalk and climbing it, as any boy hero would, Jack finds himself in the castle of a very large oaf and his kindly, but haggard, wife. Learning that this giant has taken his father’s golden hen, Jack, with the help of the Giant’s wife, stealthily takes it back. The Giant, in pursuit of Jack, receives a bump on the head after falling from the beanstalk, causing him to forget he’s supposed to be “bad.” Realizing all the trouble he’s caused, the Giant resolves to behave well, agreeing that consideration for others requires people large and small to treat other people as they would want to be treated."
This Sunday, March 20th, Festival City Sympony welcomes children to their latest Symphony Sunday concert, which are best for kids in second grade and older. They will be performing "Peter and the Wolfgang" at 3:00 p.m. at the Pabst Theater, located at 144 East Wells Street.
Prior to each concert at 2:45 p.m., Jayne Perkins presents “Children's Program Notes,” offered to help children become familiar with the music they are about to hear.
Conductor Monte Perkins also includes descriptive program information from the stage. Admission to each concert is $14 for adults and $8 for children, students, and seniors.