NEW THIS SEASON — Building on the success of “Meet the Music,” we are excited to now presents it’s first concert geared towards children ages 3-6 and their families. Hosted by world-renowned pianist Orli Shaham, Baby Got Bach: “Principally Percussion,” will feature Princeton’s esteemed Ensemble-in-Residence Sō Percussion and American Ballet Theatre dancer Rachel Richardson. This interactive concert will explore all of the sounds a piano and percussion can make through the music of J.S. Bach, Steve Reich, John Cage, and Princeton's own Steven Mackey. Kids are invited to stay afterward to come on stage and jam with the musicians!
Orli Shaham is an internationally renowned pianist. She travels all over the world giving concerts and many of today's most important composers have written pieces for her, including Princeton's own Steven Mackey who has written a piece for her that will be heard in its Princeton debut at this concert. Orli created the Baby Got Bach series in 2010 series because she thought that there weren’t enough opportunities for pre-school aged kids to hear really great live classical music. Baby Got Bach is recognized by parents, media and the music community as a significant force in music education and entertainment for pre-schoolers. The program is in-residence at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and has been cited in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York” list. Orli has also taken Baby Got Programs on tour all over the country. This concert respresents Baby Got Bach’s Princeton University Concerts debut.
Guest artists Sō Percussion, are Princeton's Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence. Sō Percussion has redefined the scope of the modern percussion ensemble. Their repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as David Lang, and Princeton's Steven Mackey, and Paul Lansky, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including vocalist Shara Worden, electronic duo Matmos, the groundbreaking Dan Deacon, legendary drummer Bobby Previte, jam band kings Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, choreographer Shen Wei, and composer and leader of The National, Bryce Dessner, among many others.
Rachel Richardson joined the Amercian Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2015 and became a member of the corps de ballet in June 2015. Her repertoire includes Columbine and one of the Nutcracker's Sisters in The Nutcracker, as well as roles in all of the Company's full-length ballets.
Watch Orli Shaham performs Steve Reich's "Clapping Music" with the audience at Baby Got Bach on April 22, 2012, New York City.