Fam Five: New Basics Brass Band

Jim Fischer
CSO Concerts for Families.

As peanut butter and jelly is a staple of a young person's diet, so should jazz music be a part of their regular cultural consumption. Awkward lesson-metaphor aside, the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus' PBJ & Jazz concerts for children aren't just good for you, they're just plain fun. The hour-long concerts are interactive and designed to introduce young audiences to jazz and live music. The last of this season's PBJ concerts will feature the New Orleans-style New Basics Brass Band on Saturday, April 2.

Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. (King-Lincoln District), Columbus 43203.

Have kids who play video games? (Are there other kinds?) For that matter, you yourself may have grown up playingThe Legend of Zelda. And you may have logged enough hours - either your own or your kids' - to be able to hum some of the music from the game. For a few years now, there has been a touring live concert of music from theZeldauniverse, and the latest version visits Columbus on Sunday, April 3, offering entertainment by a live orchestra and game action on the big screen. Even if you've never playedZelda, or you're not even a gamer,The Legend of Zelda:Symphony of the Goddessesis an interesting night out with a good lesson about music and technology.

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215.

The following Sunday, April 10, offers a more traditional orchestral experience, courtesy of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and its CSO Concerts for Families series. Albert-George Schram will lead the orchestra in music that tells the stories of fairy tales, princesses and princes, accompanied by dancers from the BalletMet Dance Academy. You can even come dressed as your favorite fairy tale character! Plus, there will be lots of preconcert musical fun and learning.

Capitol Theatre in the Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215.

Columbus Children's Theatre will present the delightful musicalSnoopy!!!April 7-24. This sequel toYou're a Good Man, Charlie Brownbrings the audience into the entertaining world of thePeanutskids and their furry friend. Sensory-friendly performances, designed with children with special needs in mind but open to all audiences, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, and Saturday, April 16.

Columbus Children's Theatre (Park Street Theatre), 512 Park St. (Arena District), Columbus, 43215.

Six String Concerts is a fantastic music series that presents professional performing songwriters from around the world. The splendid songwriter Tracy Grammer visits in April, including a stay-over concert the morning of Saturday, April 16, designed specifically for families. The previous night, Grammer and opener Angela Easterday (who herself often presents concerts at libraries designed to promote storytelling and literacy) will perform in a traditional Six String setting.

Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave., (Discovery District), Columbus, 43215.

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