Kids to Concerts (KtC) is a free educational outreach program that introduces San Antonio children to faraway cultures from all over the world through folk music and dance in their very own schools. It engaged over 15,000 kids last year through interactive, multicultural performances by world-class artists of the highest caliber. The program is the first of its kind in the area and is regularly praised by schools and educators alike. 

SEASON 2019-2020

23-25 SEPTEMBER 2019

ANURADHA NAIMPALLY, Dance | India

Anuradha Naimpally is a Bharatanatyam dance soloist, collaborator, and educator, is an experienced performer worldwide. She connects this ancient art of India to modern audiences through engaging explanations and moving performances. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize from the Canada Council and the title of “Sringara Mani” (Artistic Jewel) in India. Her performance, titled Moving Myths of India, is an engaging, interactive show for all ages. It highlights mythology through storytelling embellished with creative hand symbols, rhythms, and cultural values of India, performed in colorful costume.

AMIE MACISZEWSKI, Sitar | USA

Sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an international award-winning performer/ensemble leader, teaching artist and educator. Audiences describe Amie’s classical sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as “stunning” and “elegantly vibrant.” Her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011, Austin Chronicle) seamlessly traverses boundaries between traditional South Asian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving sound. Passionate about sharing North Indian music culture, Amie has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, hosting recitals, and conducting lectures on Hindustani music.

9-12 DECEMBER 2019

VICTOR PRIETO, Accordion | Spain

Grammy Winner Victor Prieto is hailed by The New York Times as “A fiendishly skilled accordionist and composer” and by All About Jazz as “One of the best World music and Jazz accordionists now days”. He has changed the way musicians and spectators view accordion by revolutionizing both technique and sound. His love for traditional Galician music and classical education enriches his compositions with explosive rhythm and colors uniquely combining Galician Roots, Celtic, Brazilian, Jazz, Tango, and Classical music. Victor continues collaborating on world stages with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble among many others. He teaches Master Classes in US Berklee College of Music and heads jazz accordion studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory, New York.

OLIVER RAJAMANI, Percussion | India

Oliver Rajamani performs innovative soul stirring original music. He has created a sound of his own with the historic threads of Indian/Gypsy folk, Romani and Texas music/cultures while bringing recognition to the historical Indian origins of the Romani people. An Austin, and Texas World Music award winner, Rajamani has toured internationally, recorded, and performed with poets and artists wide-ranging in style, including: Jeronimo Maya, Gypsy Kings, and Willie Nelson.

TAMARA ADIRA, Dance | USA

Tamara Adira is a dancer, choreographer, and producer. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Tamara Adira Arte y Pasión. Tamara is known for her work across mediums bridging gaps between music and cultures. She has choreographed for companies such as the Fine Arts Ballet Theater of Temecula, California, the City of San Antonio’s pre-professional Groups Fandango and Alamotion, and the Alas Theater Troupe of the San Antonio-based Say Sí Theater. She has studied and shared the stage with such artists as the late greats maestros of flamenco, Teo Morca, and Timo Lozano. Counterbalancing her studies in traditional flamenco, Adira leverages her experience in experimental and contemporary performance, demonstrated by her Harvard University residency under John Cage.

2-6 MARCH 2020

BARYNYA | Russia

The music, dance, and song ensemble Barynya is a world renowned group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion) and balalaika contrabass. Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall, the National Constitution Center (Philadelphia), the Smithsonian Institute of America, the United Nations (New York), and the Russian Embassy.

19-20 MARCH 2020

DUO JALAL | Lebanon/Australia

Racing along with our new global society, Duo Jalal builds bridges from their home in New York and around the world to create some of the world’s most exotic chamber music. Audiences are enthralled as classical Australian violist, Kathryn Lockwood embodies the styles of both a gypsy violinist and Middle Eastern reed flutist. Yousif, of Lebanese descent, dazzles as his fingers snap at the edge of an Egyptian frame drum and his foot drags across the Peruvian cajon. Together, their music blends various cultures and musical styles to create engaging performances.

Testimonials

“I can’t thank you enough for bringing Entreflamenco to Redland Oaks.  The students couldn’t stop talking about it the next day. Please feel free to contact me for anything you need in the future!” ANISSA PAVEL (MME, AOSA Certified) Redland Oaks Elementary
“Our kids LOVED the concert! They were so excited to tell me all the things they learned; and I was so excited to know that they remembered specific details of the performance. One live concert is worth far more than the best dvd!” RITA SHORT (Music Specialist) East Terrell Hills Elementary
“The Flying Balalaika Brothers came to Huebner in the fall- they were great! I asked them to play “Birch Tree” for our 5th graders since we had learned it in class. Great experience!!” REBECCA JUAREZ (Music Teacher) Huebner Elementary
“Again, thank you for contacting me. The experience was amazing!” LISA DE LEON (Fine Arts Teacher) Rayburn Elementary
“The concert was SPECTACULAR!!!!” DEBRA SIGUENTEZ
“I have had many teachers tell me how much they enjoyed it and how much the students have been talking about it. The students I have had today have told me they loved it and how “cool” they thought it was.” TARA MAYORGA (Music Teacher) Herff Elementary
“Thank you so much for coming to our school!! the students loved it.  we have the thank you letters ready & ill put them at the front office.  see you next year!!” JEFF WICKER Howsman Elementary
“In all the years I have been here at Regency (nearly 30) this was the most informative presentation about country, culture and the manner of which other children enjoy listening to music.  This was a WOW moment: real live EDUCATION.” ANONYMOUS (Teacher) Regency Place

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Partner Schools

In the last school year of 2019-20, we brought Kids to Concerts to more than 50 Partner schools in the Bexar County and surrounding areas, at no cost each participating school. Many of the students impacted by this program do not have the opportunity to travel outside their neighborhood, much less their city. Kids to Concerts brings the world to students, putting a face on the news and current events that they may hear about on TV or in school, but may not relate to in their personal lives. These performances not only create appreciation for music in our children but also cultivate our audience of tomorrow.

Devine ISD

  1. Devine Intermediate School

Houston ISD

  1. Texas Connections Academy

Northeast ISD

  1. Bulverde Creek Elementary
  2. Colonial Hills Elementary
  3. Pre-Kinder Academy at West Avenue
  4. Redland Oaks Elementary

Northside ISD

  1. Burke Elementary
  2. Carson Elementary
  3. Elrod Elementary
  4. Fisher Elementary
  5. Forester Elementary
  6. Kuentz Elementary
  7. Leon Springs Elementary
  8. McAndrews Elementary
  9. Murnin Elementary
  10. Passmore Elementary

San Antonio ISD

  1. Advanced Learning Academy
  2. Ball Academy
  3. Bonham Academy
  4. Fenwick Elementary
  5. Herff Academy
  6. Huppertz Elementary
  7. JT Brakenbridge Elementary
  8. Lamar Academy
  9. Pershing Elementary
  10. Riverside Elementary
  11. Woodlawn Elementary
  12. Young Women’s Leadership Academy-Primary

South San ISD

  1. Athens Elementary
  2. Benavidez Elementary
  3. Five Palms Elementary
  4. Hutchins Elementary
  5. Kindred Elementary
  6. Palo Alto Elementary
  7. Price Elementary

Southwest ISD

  1. Big Country Elementary
  2. Bob Hope Elementary
  3. Elm Creek Elementary
  4. Hidden Cove Elementary
  5. Indian Creek Elementary
  6. Kriewald Elementary
  7. McAuliff Middle School
  8. McNair Middle School
  9. Medio Creek Elementary
  10. Scobee Middle School
  11. Sky Harbour Elementary
  12. Spicewood Park Elementary

Charter Schools

  1. Kipp Esparza Academy
  2. School of Science and Technology High School
  3. School of Science and Technology- Alamo Ranch
  4. School of Science and Technology- Discovery

Teachers

Your evaluation of our concerts helps us to continue bringing our programs to your school. We appreciate your time. Teacher Evaluation Form Student Evaluation Form

Request a Kids to Concerts Performance

Please contact our Caleb Gonzalez, Director of Educational Outreach, at
[email protected] or 210-317-3505
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