Poetry met piano this week at Rush Hour’s annual spoken word concert as Mary Ann Hoberman, the Children’s Poet Laureate, alternated selections of her own children’s poetry with Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (“Scenes from Childhood”), performed by Kuang-Hao Huang, piano. The concert was sponsored in part by the Poetry Foundation and was broadcast on the radio and online by 98.7 WFMT.

(Pictured from left to right) Kuang-Hao Huang and Mary Ann Hoberman during rehearsal. Ms. Hoberman’s poetry paired well with Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen as both the poet and the composer were inspired by the experiences of children in crafting their work.

Mary Ann Hoberman’s performance included a pre-concert poetry reading for children. The audience was encouraged to participate by calling out words or clapping to the beat on Ms. Hoberman’s cues.

Mary Ann Hoberman (left) connects with Rush Hour supporter Chase Levey (right) at the pre-concert reception. Making donations and volunteering are a great ways to help Rush Hour continue to keep concerts free and open to all.

Many families attended this week’s concert and mingled with the artists over refreshments provided by Argo Tea at the pre-concert reception. The kid-friendly program was enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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