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FREE Musical storytelling programs that spark curiosity in learners of all ages!

2024 Programs

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St. Patrick's Day in the Morning

The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra invites children and their families to attend our annual musical storytelling program, Growing Up Baroque! As the program falls on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, IBO musician and multi-instrument specialist Keith Collins has curated a short program of Irish Baroque and folk music to accompany the beloved children’s book "St. Patrick's Day in the Morning" by Eve Bunting. In addition to presenting music, the quintet of musicians will introduce their instruments
and their special features to the audience. 
Come get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit with members of the IBO!

Saturday, March 16, 2024   10:00 AM
Carmel Clay Public Library
425 E Main St, Carmel, IN 46032 

Saturday, March 16, 2024
3:00 PM

Johnson County Public Library
Franklin Branch
401 State St, Franklin, IN 46131

Sunday, March 17, 2024
3:00 PM

Indianapolis Public Library
Central Branch
40 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


"I loved learning about new (old) instruments!"


"We loved the sign language, story time, and introduction of instruments!"

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Don Quixote and the Windmills

In October 2023, we presented our first bilingual program to fourth grade students at Indianapolis Public Schools #105 Fairbanks, an elementary school with a significant Spanish-speaking student population. Our program included instrumental introductions, selections of Telemann's Don Quixote Suite played by members of the IBO, as well as a reading of the Don Quixote and the Windmills by award-winning children's book author Eric Kimmel in a bilingual English-Spanish format.

In February 2023 IBO partnered with the Indianapolis and Johnson County Public Libraries to present Growing Up Baroque to more than 230 kids and grownups! The event included instrumental introductions, selections of Telemann's Don Quixote Suite played by members of the IBO, as well as a reading of the children's book "Don Quixote and the Windmills" by Eric Kimmel.

Listen to My Trumpet!

In May 2022 members of the IBO presented Growing Up Baroque at the Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Selections of music featuring the Baroque trumpet were played as well as a reading of Mo Willems "Listen to My Trumpet!"

In connection with our Messiah performances, we designed an interactive, family-friendly introduction to Handel's Messiah! You’ve heard the famous Hallelujah Chorus – now learn about the rest of Handel’s masterpiece and the compositional tricks he used to make Messiah such a feast for the ears. Hear the music played on historical instruments and look forward to a special appearance by Handel himself! Chat with orchestra musicians after the performance and take home a themed gift bag including color-by-number pages of Baroque composers and instruments, a noise-maker or instrument to played during the program, and a Bibliocommons reading list to continue learning at home!

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