Hilary Hahn plans Chicago Symphony Bring-Your-Baby concerts

Hilary Hahn plans Chicago Symphony Bring-Your-Baby concerts


norman lebrecht

July 22, 2021

The violin wants to share her music with neonates in a trademarked Bring Your Own Baby program.

The press release says: Next spring she will perform a mixed recital program in the Symphony Center Presents Chamber Music series, and the coming season also sees her host two of her signature “Bring Your Own Baby (BYOB)” concerts. Providing a nurturing and welcoming environment for new parents to share their love of live classical music with their infants, these innovative free events will continue the CSO’s ongoing commitment to families with young children. The “Bring Your Own Baby” concerts are just one of the ways Hahn plans to strengthen the CSO’s connections with the wider Chicago community.

This could be a thing.


  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Wonderful idea!!

  • violafan says:

    She’s been doing these concerts for years now. There are multiple videos on youtube. Slow news day, Norman?

    • BRUCEB says:

      To be fair, he didn’t say this was new. He just said she’s planning to do it in Chicago.

      It’s also possible that he never heard of this kind of concert before.

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    If anyone wants to make a baby with me so that they can attend these concerts, please mail me a picture of your fishing boat, a PDF of your bank account statement, and the meal you are most fond of cooking for dinner.

  • M says:

    finally some great news! this is lovely.

  • sam says:

    White babies will get in for free, black babies will have to audition to get in, Asian babies must demonstrate emotions and feelings to get in.

  • Delightful idea! People bring their babies to baseball games, so why not concerts. Babies love music!

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:

    It’s a wonderful idea. Her playing characteristics and approach to phrasing will soothe the babies as much as it calms me—at all times.
    I imagine Ivry Gitlis, Christian Ferris, Ida Haendel, or other violinists with tremendous personality in their playing would not be so effective for this particular demographic.

    Bravo and cheers to Ms Hahn!

  • Monty Earleman says:

    We’ve been doing this in Atlanta for 25 years-

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    There’s always a cynic in every crowd: who in their right mind would bring a baby up in Chicago!

  • Linda Cerone says:

    Leave it to Hilary to save the world.