Hilary Hahn has started giving concerts for parents and babies, having identified a gap in the market following the birth of her first child – a daughter named Zelda – in 2015.
The US violinist has published the following message on her Facebook page:
‘When I was a brand-new parent, I really wanted to take my baby with me to a grownup classical concert, something that I would normally attend myself. But I couldn’t find any that were geared towards the parents while welcoming babies. So I decided to fill the gap. I started giving mini concerts for other new parents and caretakers of babies up to 8 months, to give them a break in their day, encourage them to share their love for the arts with their babies, and provide a warm experience for everyone to relax into together.
‘I don’t consider these “educational” concerts. They’re for the grownups, just… everyone has to bring a baby in order to get in. Audience members are free to chill out, move around, feed, bounce up and down, sit on the floor, or cry. Anything they’d normally do!
‘I perform solo violin repertoire from my regular concerts, and at the end, everyone is invited up to the front to share a final, familiar tune. I love how unbelievably CUTE all of these concertgoers are, and they really seem to appreciate the music!’
Just a few days ago, Hahn, who is currently touring the US and Europe with a recital programme, posted video footage on her Twitter page of luthiers Peter and Wendela Moes re-fitting her bridge after a concert. The violinist had managed to collapse the bridge while pushing her mute back on stage before her final encore.
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