Mini Mozarts listen up! If you and your tiny tots are partial to a piccolo or to getting charmed by a cello, you’ll love the latest offering hot off the Sydney Opera House steps.
The Opera House has just announced a new ABC Classic Kids initiative for pre-schoolers that combines live performance experiences with storytelling and podcast. Developed in partnership with ABC Classic Kids and ABC Kids Listen, the year-long program is crafted especially for 2 to 5-year-olds who love to boogie, listen and learn.
Bridgette Van Leuven, the Sydney Opera House Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning, says she is delighted to be broadening the scope of cultural engagement available to children. “Bringing your young ones to participate in our new ABC Classic Kids series is a perfect way to start mini musicians on the path to a lifetime of enjoying classical music,” she says.
The program kicks off on Friday with the opening of ABC Classic Kids: Sounds like Australia, the first instalment in the ongoing series.
You’ll hear the familiar sounds of Aussie animals, plants and weather and get swept up by the story of Kirra the Quokka. After the show, kids can meet musicians from Ensemble Offspring and learn about their instruments.
A 6-part narrative podcast will be released tomorrow to accompany the live performances. Tune in to new radio station and app ‘ABC KIDS Listen’ to experience Sounds Like Australia from your home, no matter where that is.
Sounds like Australia will run from the 4th to 21st of May and is hosted by Playschool favourite Luke Carroll. Tickets are on sale on the Opera House website now from $20. The show runs for 45 minutes and is also available in a kid-friendly accessible format. Relaxed Performances will run on May 5th and 12th at 10am, and on Friday May 11th the performance will be followed by a Sing & Play music therapy session.