CST and The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) partner for their 11th annual family concert—giving children the opportunity to discover, up close, the excitement of live performance. Leave It to Ludwig tells the tale of Ludwig van Beethoven, who magically appears to help a young pianist master the composer’s music, while excerpts from some of his most beloved works are performed by CCM ensemble members. Plus, on both days from 11:00 to 11:25 a.m., artists will be available for autographs and pictures, and young musicians will demonstrate and answer questions about featured instruments in the Theater Lobby. This one-hour concert promises laughter, learning and fun for everyone!
Approximate Running Time: One Hour
A CST Family production most enjoyed by ages 4 and up
Presented in collaboration with The Chicago Chamber Musicians
Target is the presenting sponsor of CCM's 18th annual family concert.
Leave it to Ludwig is presented in the Jentes Family Auditorium.
This concert is about Ludwig van Beethoven, who is one of the most famous and influential composers of all time. In this story, Beethoven appears in a vision to help a young pianist master the mysteries of his exciting music. Musicians will illustrate Beethoven’s comments about his music while the composer recounts anecdotes from his life and explains how he wrote music.
The CCM Family Concert is designed to introduce families with children ages four and up to the joys of live performance. To prepare for the show or to just have some musical fun, visit the educational and exciting links below:
Chicago Chamber Musicians
Founded in 1986, The Chicago Chamber Musicians is Chicago’s leading chamber music institution, devoted to the study and performance of chamber music. Visit CCM’s website to learn more about Witches, Wizards, Spells and Elves: The Magic of Shakespeare and their additional programming.
Get to know composer, educator and performer Bruce Adolphe, the creator of Leave It to Leopold. You can also listen to his 37-year-old parrot, Polly Rhythm as he sings along with the Queen of the Night's aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Learn more about other great composers, play with virtual instruments and compose your own orchestral movement!
San Francisco Orchestra for Kids
Visit this interactive site to explore and create music in the Music Lab.
About Chamber Music
Do you know what makes Chamber Music different from music played by an orchestra or band?
What is Chamber Music?
Chamber Music has been described as “the music of friends” because it uses a small group of musicians. Originally written to be performed in people’s homes, today it is performed anywhere you can fit all of the musicians and their instruments.
Why is Chamber Music unique?
Each instrument plays its very own part. In a symphony you might have twenty violins playing the same notes, but in chamber music, even if you have two violins, each has its own part to play. The most important aspect of chamber music is communication.
Chamber Music is Storytelling!
Because there is only one musician per part in chamber music, each instrument’s “voice” is telling a unique story. If you watch closely you will see that the musicians look at each other a lot. This is because the musicians decide together how their smaller stories should blend together in order to tell one larger story.
The Creative Team
Musicians & Cast
Joseph Genualdi Violin
Mathias Tacke Violin
Rami Solomonow Viola
Cheng-Hou Lee Cello
James F. Giles Piano (Young Pianist)
Bruce Adolphe Piano (Beethoven)
Bruce Adolphe Stage Director
Brett Elliott CST Producer
Greg Hofmann Lighting Design
James Savage Sound Design
Emmaline Keddy-Hector Stage Coordinator
Bruce Adolphe Writer, Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer