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Music Institute of Chicago to Celebrate 'Music In Our Schools Month' at Nichols Concert Hall, Today

Music Institute of Chicago to Celebrate 'Music In Our Schools Month' at Nichols Concert Hall, Today

The Music Institute of Chicago joins the national celebration of Music In Our Schools Month with a morning of music for all ages Saturday, March 15 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

This morning of music for families begins at 11 a.m. with an open house in the Nichols Concert Hall lobby. Kids can enjoy playing a variety of instruments at the Music Institute Instrument Petting Zoo, parents can talk with faculty and staff, and everyone can take advantage of special discounts on lessons and classes.

At noon, Blair Thomas & Co. presents A Piano with 3 Tales, a puppet theatre production featuring the acclaimed A Kite's Tale and two world premieres. This classical piano recital within a puppet show features Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Frederic Chopin's Scherzo in B Minor and Stephen Montague's Mirabella a Tarantella-for toy piano!-all performed by pianist Mary Rose Norell. Blair Thomas' handmade puppets of all kinds, from bunraku dolls to larger-than-life human-sized costumes, perform stories that encourage families to exercise their imaginations and discover the magical power of wordless music.

Blair Thomas & Co. is a national and international touring puppet theatre company founded in 2002 by puppeteer and director/designer Blair Thomas. The company has made more than a dozen original puppet theatre pieces, including Cabaret of Desires, short works by Federico Garcia Lorca; The Ox-herder's Tale, the Buddhist parable of 10 paintings of enlightenment; A Kite's Tale, a collection of silent narratives set to piano pieces; and Pierrot Lunaire, Arnold Schoenberg's song cycle with the chamber music ensemble eighth blackbird. Blair Thomas & Co. has received two international UNIMA awards for excellence in the art of puppetry. Thomas, who cofounded Redmoon Theater, teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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