On Saturday afternoon, Master Ionarts and I attended the latest Kinderkonzert presented by players from the National Symphony Orchestra. A group calling itself the Unlikely Trio consisted of flutist Carole Bean, harpist Dotian Levalier, and oboist William Wieglus. The latter, for the most part, narrated an hour-long program combining a few brief pieces with some funny commentary, mini-presentations, musical snippets, and audience participation.
Riding the Kennedy Center shuttle
As Wieglus explained what a musical prodigy is, Levalier played K. 1, the little minuet and trio that is the first piece composed and written down by the young Mozart, when he was five years old. Master Ionarts, who is also five, still has a few months before he is officially behind the Mozart curve. The prettiest selections of the concert came from the Concerto for Flute and Harp, which Master Ionarts praised, along with the selections from the variations on Que vous dirai-je, Maman?, a simple tune known in the United States as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. He also enjoyed the instrument demonstrations, especially the loud pedal crash on the harp, which made most of the younger audience members squeal with glee.
To the victors go the spoils!
Robin Schlotz, singing Mozart's Der Hölle Rache
The last Kinderkonzert of the season (May 20, 1 and 3:30 pm) is already sold out, but it would be worth calling the box office for a chance to get a last-minute ticket from a return or cancellation. These fun concerts are a good way to get kids interested in music.