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Baby Got Bach

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Gail Wein, Executive Director

Organization Mission

Baby Got Bach is an experiential program introducing kids ages 3-6 to Classical music. Concerts take place at New York's destination club, Le Poisson Rouge, on Bleecker Street. Curated by the pianist Orli Shaham, the event begins with BackStage Up Front, where kids have a chance to play with real musical instruments. Then it is on to the stage to enjoy a listening tour of great live chamber music, featuring Orli and her friends. She draws on both her background as an internationally renowned musician and her experience as the mother of pre-school twins. "What better way to introduce kids to classical music than to have their parents bring them to Le Poisson Rouge," says Ms. Shaham. "We're taking advantage of the casual setting of the nightclub to give young children hands-on experience with musical instruments."

Musical studies offered: Baby Got Bach programs consist of:

Back Stage Up Front - giving kids have a chance to play with real musical instruments, conduct sound experiments, and build their own instruments.

Sound Check Jam - singing familiar songs and playing along with percussion instruments.

Main Stage Concert -- a 40-minute listening tour of great live chamber music, featuring Ms. Shaham and her friends.

Principal Faculty

Orli Shaham. A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, Ms. Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently praised her "wit, passion, delicacy and humor" in a performance with the St. Louis Symphony, and London's Guardian said Ms. Shaham's playing was "perfection" during her recent Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Orli Shaham has performed with the Boston, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego and Utah Symphonies, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, Bilbao Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestre National de Lyon, Taiwan Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic. A frequent guest at summer festivals, she has performed at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Caramoor, Spoleto, Bravo Vail and Music Academy of the West.

Ms. Shaham has given recitals in North America, Europe and Asia at such renowned concert halls as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Frankfurt's Alte Oper, and the Herkulessaal in Munich, and has worked with many eminent conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, David Robertson, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano and Gerard Schwarz, among others.

Each concert is amplified by a rotating roster of world-class musicians who lead the children in experiential learning, culminating in a 40-minute concert.


"I don't know when I've had more fun than I did at pianist Orli Shaham's sold-out Baby Got Bach event on Sunday April 3 at [le] poisson rouge. Talk about serving all audiences!" ~ Eric Edburg, cellist

"For parents in the New York City area, pianist Orli Shaham has provided a wonderful answer to those searching for this kind of [classical music] activity for their kids - a new series at Le Poisson Rouge called Baby Got Bach. I went to their December 5th concert. I also know from personal experience that being a good musician or producer doesn't mean being able to connect with an audience of young kids.

This is, in my opinion, the toughest audience there is. Forget any adult audience imaginable, they are a piece of cake compared with trying to connect with a room full of small children. What happened at Baby Got Bach was magical. Orli and her fellow performers had the kids with them for the whole show, and what a ride it was." ~ Raymond Bisha, Naxos Director of Media Relations