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Family Concerts

Whether they feature talented kids or make young ears eager to listen, family concerts make November a music-filled month in South Jersey and Philadelphia.

ChildrenSong of New Jersey has a concert-packed weekend in November. The troupe will perform at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill on Sat., Nov. 13 at 1pm and at the Moorestown Mall, Mon., Nov. 15 at 5:30pm. The choral music education and performance program features kids ages 8-18 from Camden, Burlington & Gloucester counties. The Discovery Museum concert is free with admission, $10.95 and the mall concert is free.

VOICES Chorale ConcertBudding Mozarts are highlighted in a VOICES Chorale Concert on Mon., Nov. 8 at 7pm at Music Together in Hopewell. The annual concert celebrates the musical creativity of songwriters ages 5-12 who participated in a music composition contest presented by the Pennington-based choir.

In Philadelphia, kids can experience classical music from the pros. The world-renowned Philadelphia music school The Curtis Institute of Music presents a PECO Family Concert for ages 5-12 on Sun., Nov. 7. Curtis students will explain the basics of music through live performance and audience participation. Two programs, 2pm & 4pm, will take place at the Curtis Institute of Music Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust St., Phila. Free for kids ages 12 and younger, $5 for accompanying adults.

Metropolitan Ballet Company's Cinderella.                Photo by E.A. Kennedy IIIOn Sat., Nov. 20, the Philadelphia Orchestra continues its Family Concert series at Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. This month’s focus is Tchaikovsky. Kids will listen to a story, based on actual events, about the composer’s arrival in New York for the opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891. Famous music from The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and the 1812 Overture will be featured throughout the show. The concert is designed for kids ages 6-12 and their families. $7-$46.

Another option for an arts experience on Nov. 20: Cinderella presented by the Metropolitan Ballet Company at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown. Magical elements like glass slippers, a fairy godmother and a pumpkin coach will keep kids entertained during this fairy tale, as it is told through dance. Shows at 11am & 3pm on Sat., Nov. 20; also 3pm on Sun., Nov. 21. $12-$15.

Find more local performances for your family by searching our calendar by "Performance."

Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.

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