Beethoven Lives Upstairs is part of the Classical Kids series developed by award-winning pianist and educator Susan Hammond. Over its 20-year history, the Classical Kids series has sold over three million copies worldwide and revolutionized the way children, parents and educators approach classical music. Each composer's music is presented in historical context, told through the eyes of a fictional child who leads young listeners into his world. Among other titles are Mr. Bach Comes to Call, Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery and Tchaikovsky Discovers America.
This afternoon lecture recital explores how this ground-breaking series came into being. Ms. Hammond will share stories of its making, sample scenes from the CDs and Emmy-award winning video, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, and demonstrate the kinds of interpretative choices that bring music alive, whether in this series or at the piano.
From its modest beginnings at her dining room table, Ms. Hammond has created ten multi-award winning CDs, two acclaimed videos, five successful symphony shows, four illustrated books, and illustrated teacher's notes volumes. For her efforts, she has won over 100 awards, including an unprecedented six Juno awards, a Billboard award and the first Karl Haas Award for Excellence in Music Education. She has been honored with the Order of Canada for her contribution to arts education.
Ms. Hammond is also a Steinway Artist. As a pianist, her programming is always innovative, and her audiences enjoy her easy communication about music. This interest led to an innovative course on presentation skills, given to the students of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and a book on piano that she is currently writing to help advanced amateurs renew their fascination with the piano and retool their skills.
Some treasured accolades:
"Susan Hammond has probably done more to promote classical music than anyone since Bernstein." ~NPR
"Making the masters accessible to the young…Classical Kids builds a foundation in the classics that lasts a lifetime." ~Time Magazine
To learn more, visit the Children's Group website.
Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. We are grateful for their generous support.
Need a Ride?
The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for seniors with no transportation to all Community Tuesdays lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741. Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Tuesday, April 16
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$15 or one punch on the Community Tuesdays punch card
No reservations required. Pay at the door.
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]