Platinum-Selling CLASSICAL KIDS Releases First New Album in 20 Years Gershwin’s Magic Key
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In work Billboard lauds as “one of the most completely wondrous examples of children’s entertainment… ever,” multi-award winning and
Platinum selling non-profit Classical Kids LIVE! present their newest studio recording,
Gershwin’s Magic Key — available now!
It’s ‘Extra, extra! Read all about it!’ as audiences step into the streets of 1920s New York as a
newspaper boy has a chance encounter with the famous composer, George Gershwin.
From there, the musical masterpieces of one of America’s greatest composers are magically
woven into a 50-minute story as the two actors explore the sights and sounds of the city
— sharing anecdotes and observations based on true incidents from the composer’s
extraordinary life along the way.
To be filed under history, drama, music, and fun, Gershwin’s Magic Key is the first-ever
educationally entertaining musical story that introduces children to his life’s work, and is
endorsed by the Gershwin Family Interests and supported by the National Endowment for the
Arts. The robust production features the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, and premiered
with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Most famous for Beethoven Lives Upstairs, the Toronto-created, Chicago-based non-profit
Classical Kids Music Education is internationally acclaimed by parents and educators alike for
their unique series introducing young listeners to Classical music through inventive storytelling.
With a dedicated mission to enrich the lives of children through an exciting and educational
point of entry to the genre, the group ensures their shows are available to schools wherever
they play — including up to 30 orchestras across North America, and International trips on
alternating years; as of now, they’re slated to visit Malaysia and Hong Kong in 2022.
The organization also hosts workshops in the Chicago area for schools — which, as it happens,
is how they managed to complete the recording of Gershwin’s Magic Key prior to COVID-19
restrictions pressing pause on their tour schedule.
Entertainment Weekly calls Classical Kids LIVE! “art made accessible; nobody does it better
than Classical Kids!” and nowhere does this resonate more than Gershwin’s Magic Key and
other Classical Kids LIVE! releases’ availability through local public libraries for digital lending in
addition to traditional sales. Incidentally, sales of Gershwin’s Magic Key will assist in keeping the
philanthropic organization stable through the remainder of pandemic-related touring restrictions.
First launched in 1999, the Classical Kids Series is a platinum-selling and award-winning series
proven effective at creating awareness and appreciation for Classical music among new
The Classical Kids Series has won an unprecedented six JUNO Awards for Best Children’s
Recording, a Billboard International Achievement Award, Parent’s Choice Awards, iParenting
Media Awards, American Library Association Notable Children’s Recording Award, National
Parenting Publications Award, Dove Foundation Family Approved Seal, Oppenheim Toy
Portfolio Awards, and more.
Additional productions include Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage,
Tchaikovsky Discovers America, Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery, Hallelujah Handel, and Christmas on
Gershwin’s Magic Key is available now!