GPAC's celebrated music education program marks its 20th season this year, introducing children ages 8 and under to a wide variety of musical instruments and styles. Sessions are held on scheduled Saturdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) in the GPAC Black Box Theater.
Tickets $8 (includes one child and up to two adults)
Series Sponsor: Memphis Parent
Tiny Tunes for Tiny Pirates
October 15 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Hit the high seas in search of adventure, buried treasure and getting out of doing your chores! This pirate tale for kids, inspired by Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, will have you toe tapping to old-timey ukulele songs alongside the greatest hits of classical music. Oboist, Joey Salvalaggio and his own band of pirates bring all your favorite characters from this classic novel to life with their unique brand of musical storytelling. Be sure to come dressed in your favorite pirate or princess attire!
*Funded in part by The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Indian Song and Dance
November 12 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Introduce your little ones to the beautiful and rich culture of India with local performance group, Team DanceVersify. This session will feature a combination of performances from elegant, Indian classical dance to Bollywood bonanza! Kids and adults will move and groove while learning steps from these unique dance styles.
PB and Jammies: Holiday Sing-Along
December 2 at 6:30pm ONLY
Jump into your most comfy jammies and join us for this annual holiday inspired kids concert with Jeremy Shrader and friends. Children will be delighted to sing and dance to their favorite Christmas and Hanukkah tunes mixed in with current Frozen favorites. Join us starting at 6pm for seasonal craft activity and a book fair by Usborne Books. We will finish the evening with a post concert snack of cookies and milk!
Show Sponsor: St. George's Independent School
Iris Orchestra Brass
February 4 at 9:30am ONLY
Join us for a brilliant, brass concert with musicians of the Iris Orchestra. From trumpet to tuba, this concert will introduce children to the members of the brass family by combine engaging music and audience participation. Children will have a chance to explore the realm of classical music and brass instruments up close and hands on. An instrument petting zoo will follow the concert.
Peter and the Wolf by New Ballet Ensemble
March 4 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Dancers from New Ballet Ensemble will present a lively and engaging portrayal of the traditional story with characters representing not only instruments, but also five dance styles (Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Character). Following the performance, kids will get a chance to interact with the dancers and learn the movements of some of the animals such as a duck, bird and cat.
Show Sponsor: Westminster Academy
PBJ Picnic with Farmer Jason
May 6 at 10:30am ONLY
Sing-alongs and good-time songs! Farmer Jason is the brainchild of rock music legend Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. Come imagine his real working farm in Tennessee as he brings it right to the stage! Jason's catchy tunes and ever-cheerful stage persona truly entertain the very youngest fans and their folks while subtly educating about the amazing diversity of our natural world. Children can sing and dance to fan favorites including “Punk Rock Skunk”, “Ode to a Toad” and “The Forest Oh!” This concert will be held in the GPAC Grove. Picnic, blankets and chairs are encouraged.
PB&J On Tour at Schools [New Program]
We are piloting a new program called Peanut Butter & Jam - On Tour. The purpose is to help supplement learning for grades K-2 of arts, culture and music. Before, our Peanut Butter and Jam shows were just at GPAC. After experiencing a large success with that program we wanted to bring it into schools so that more children could be exposed to it. We are focusing on children in grades K-2 because we feel this is a vital time for the children's learning and growth.
How it works:
GPAC will work with 3-4 focus schools in 2016-2017 season. Each school will have 2 PBJ performances. GPAC will provide information on the artist to the teacher. Teachers will be encouraged to prepare students prior to the performance.
This free program is funded through the GPAC Arts Education Fund and various grants.
Presented in part by funding provided by International Paper.