Hilary Hahn gives concerts for babies

Hilary Hahn gives concerts for babies


norman lebrecht

March 17, 2017

Message from Hilary:


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!

– Hilary


  • Alexander says:

    what an interesting last name … is that lady a remote relative to Reynaldo Hahn? love his “L’heure exquise “, especially in Ruth Ann Swenson rendition…

  • Evan says:

    Anyone in and around London who wants to take their young one(s) to a concert should check out http://www.classicalbabies.com/ – very highly recommended!

  • Frankie says:

    Nothing unusual about this in the UK. Wigmore Hall has regular family concerts and concerts for under-ones, as does LSO St Lukes and many other concert venues. All very popular.

  • Steve Canby says:

    Since ‘Babies are our future’ (did you know about transmigration of the soul?!) – this is an extremely sensible and wonderful, intuitive thing to do! Well done gifted one!