Our free monthly Little Ears concerts provide early exposure to the arts. We are proud to be part of a community-wide effort to keep access to music available for children in our city. We invite children from our downtown neighborhood and local pre-schools to attend, as well as children from the larger community, their parents and caregivers. Between 100 and 200 young children (ages 2 to 5) attend our spring and fall concert series. Thank you to our supporters for making this programming possible: Friends of The Historic Old Church, Classics 4 Kids, Oregon Symphony and Young Audiences of Oregon.

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Little Ears Spring 2014 Series

Tuesday March 4 at 3:30pm

Symphony Storytimes presented by Oregon Symphony
Join Oregon Symphony cellist Ken Finch, with City of Milwaukie Youth Librarian Jana Hoffman, as they introduce the beautiful music of his cello, paired with beloved picture books chosen just for this audience. Not only will you hear lovely music and listen to some fine books but also be invited to play on a child-sized cello with Ken! This is a fun opportunity to learn about the cello and its relation to other members of the string family in the orchestra. This hour-long presentation is best enjoyed by preschoolers 2-5 years old.

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Tuesday April 1 at 3:30pm

Classics 4 Kids present Ferdinand the Bull + The Emperor and the Bird of Paradise
Ferdinand the Bull set to music for violin and narrator. Kids will have a wonderful time as they listen to this captivating story and identify the musical themes that go along with each of the enjoyable characters. Also featured in this concert is The Emperor and the Bird of Paradise, a delightful and whimsical piece that tells the story of a lonely emperor who learns how to never be lonely again. Cary Lewis, pianist, along with violinist Julie Coleman and flutist Zachariah Galatis of the Oregon Symphony, bring these beloved stories to life. Featuring Multnomah County Youth Librarian Susan Smallsreed as the narrator.

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Tuesday May 6 at 3:30pm

Red Yarn presented by Young Audiences of Oregon
Andy Furgeson, aka Red Yarn, is a dynamic family performer who weaves folksongs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush folk-rock recordings, this red-bearded bard shares positive values while reinvigorating American folklore for younger generations.

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We inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.

Tuesday June 3 at 3:30pm

Aaron Nigel Smith presented by Young Audiences of Oregon
Aaron Nigel Smith’s “Call to Action” is to get kids moving. In 2002 he founded FUNdamentals of Music and Movement, an arts program which is now the program of choice to over 100 early education centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Boston. His fun, inspired and lively show is guaranteed to get the audience on their feet. He tours with PBS Kids Between the Lions Live and the National Education Association’s Read Across America campaign.

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We inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.