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Welcome to Music in the Park Series Family Concerts 2015.

familyconcerts2015Our 25th season features some of Minnesota’s most celebrated performing artists in programs of folk, ethnic and classical music, from traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, to the sounds of authentic folk instruments from Latin America, to string quartets by Mozart and Beethoven.  Storytelling, dance and audience participation add to this vibrant array of concerts, created for children of all ages and their families. Concerts are approximately 45 minutes in length.


About KidsJam Workshops

kidsjam_bugKidsJam, a new program for kids ages 4-12 to playlistenlearn and create with music. Led by a diverse array of musicians and performing artists, children and the grown-ups they love will experience live music, get involved through creative activities and movement, and learn about the people, cultures and sounds behind the music.

These 75-minute workshops are tailored for different age groups of children with their families.  Kids attending KidsJam automatically become KidsJam Club members. The week culminates in a Music in the Park Series Family Concert on the Friday evening, FREE for KidsJam Club members who have attended a workshop earlier in the week.

 Previously this season…

 Family Concert: Folk Music from Latin America

Leo and Kathy Lara
Friday, April 10, 2015, 6pm  & 7:15pm
at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 45 minutes

Sounds of Latin America come to life as Leo and Kathy Lara sing songs, tell stories and play a wide variety of authentic folk instruments including the cuatro, bombo, quena, panpipes and clay whistles.  Hear the legend of the armadillo-shelled charango, simulate sounds of the rainforest, sing a Cuban lullaby and more. An interactive program for all ages!

 KidsJam Workshops: Chants and Rhythms from the Afro-Ecuadorian Coast

April 9, 2015;  10:30am: Early Childhood Ages 4-6 and Adult caregivers 
April 10, 2015;  10:30am:
Home School Students Ages 6-12 and Adult caregivers 
Schubert Club Museum, 75 minutes

Experience the spirit of Latin American music and the stories of the people and culture from which this incredible music comes.
Listen to the driving rhythms and unique singing styles in the African-influenced music of the coast of Ecuador. Create your own ganza, a percussive instrument (tubular shaker) of African roots. Play the drums and your ganza to the sounds of Afro-Ecuadorian music.  Play rhythm patterns and “call and response” singing phrases. Learn the musical traditions, folk songs, dances and games of Latin American children.
Featuring musicians: Leo and Kathy Lara


 Family Concert: Northern Gael – Music and Dance from Ireland and Scotland

Friday, March 13, 2015, 6pm & 7:15pm
at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 45 minutes

Jigs, reels, hornpipes and ballads fill the air and the dance floor in a lively performance for children of all ages and their families. A rare and special trio of performers,  Ross Sutter, Laura MacKenzie and Danielle Enblom weave together the vibrant traditions of the Irish and Scottish countrysides. The audience is invited to sing along, play instruments, and even get up to do a few dance steps!

 KidsJam Workshops: Jigs ‘n Jam with Northern Gael

March 12, 2015;  10:30am: Early Childhood (Ages 4-6) and Adult caregivers
March 13, 2015;  10:30am:
Home School Students (Ages 6-12) and Adult caregivers
Schubert Club Museum, 75 minutes

Listen as Northern Gael plays and demonstrates a fascinating array of instruments, focusing especially on the flutes and whistles. Create your own two-hole whistles. Play traditional Irish Tin Whistles and learn to play simple tunes on the whistles you created. Learn the science of high and low sounds. Also learn some new Irish dance steps.
Featuring Northern Gael – Ross Sutter, guitar, bodhran;  Laura MacKenzie, wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, bagpipe; Danielle Enblom, fiddle, sean-nós dancer


 Family Concert: Making Friends Through Music

Artaria String Quartet: Ray Shows & Nancy Oliveros, violin; Annale Wolf, viola; Laura Sewell, cello
Friday, February 27, 2015, 6pm & 7:15pm
at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 45 minutes

Share in the story of four people who became very good friends by doing something they enjoy together….Making Music!

Listen to the four members of Artaria as they play all kinds of music, from “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, to quartets by famous composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.  And, for the finale, a gifted – and friendly – teen quartet from the Artaria Chamber Music School makes a special appearance! 

No KidsJam Workshop for this event



Family Concerts Pricing

Single Tickets: $7 per concert for adults or children (Free for babes-in-arms)

Tickets are required for all audience members, child and adult. 

The Music in the Park Series Family concerts are held at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2136 Carter Ave, St Paul, MN 55108, in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Google Maps 

KidsJam Membership Pricing

KidsJam Workshop Prices:
$10 per child participant
$5 if you attended a KidsJam workshop in March

Adult caregivers have free admission into the KidsJam Workshop
All KidsJam Workshop Prices include one FREE kid’s admission to the accompanying Family Concert! (a $7 value)

KidsJam Workshops take place in The Schubert Club Museum, Second Floor of Landmark Center, 75 W 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102 directions 


Music in the Park Series Family Concerts are supported by the Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, the Trillium Family Foundation and the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation.

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