By partnering with professional orchestras, the Classical Kids Live! symphony concert series helps to enrich the communities that it serves through direct access to culturally significant venues, professional artists, organizations, and productions, while fostering new appreciation for classical music and music history. Each production inspires audiences with more than twenty-five musical excerpts, which are woven into the drama as two professional actors share anecdotes and observations based on true incidents from the composer’s life. The fully-staged productions, including Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Tchaikovsky Discovers America, Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage and Gershwin’s Magic Key, are underscored by approximately fifty on-stage musicians and feature period costumes, props, set pieces and theatrical lightning.
This year's performance
Vivaldi, Venice and violins: all three are celebrated in Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery. “All silent now, the magic spell is told, All silent now, our mystery tale unfolds ...”
A gifted young orphan named Katarina is sent to study music at the great Pieta orphanage in seventeenth century Venice. There, she comes under the tutelage of the famous music director and composer Antonio Vivaldi and searches through the thrilling but mysterious atmosphere of Carnival and the Island of the Dead for clues to her past and a vanishing Stradivarius violin. A touching final scene unites Katarina with her Grandfather and together they take Vivaldi’s music, its spirit and soul, out into the world.