Thank you for having us Mozart for Munchkins – the show was so fun and on top of that the experience in the Old Stone House was so wonderful – this is such a special space with an amazing garden right outside.
We love having Tatum Michael experience music so when we heard about Mozart for Munchkins we were so excited to check it out. They played so many favorite songs from Gershwin to Somewhere over the Rainbow to Itsy Bitsy Spider. There were instruments, singing, colorful scarves, dancing, bubbles and a lot more. The children all had a great time and were so engaged. I have gone to a few classes now and thought these two musicians and organizers of this great concept were able to keep everyone as focused as can be and that they were able to get everyone to really enjoy the music.
At the end everyone got to be part of the “instrument petting zoo” where they could “pet” the instruments from the piano to the violin – Tatum loved this part as well it seemed.
Tickets are available frequently and I highly recommend this becuase it is not a class it is a concert for little ones.
Mozart for Munchkins creates a relaxed, interactive and engaging environment where children and their families can experience and enjoy the wonders of classical music with a hint of jazz and bluegrass. Children of all ages are welcome to observe, explore, discover, crawl, sing and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers sit back, relax and enjoy the concert. While their concert setting is informal, the programming remains first rate; from Bach to Bernstein, Beethoven to bluegrass and Tchaikovsky to Thelonious Monk, Mozart for Munchkins features outstanding repertoire performed by world-class musicians—an unforgettable experience for the whole family!
The amazing thing is the founders backgrounds are so impressive they give so much care to the concert and they have these incredible musically trained backgrounds.
Sara Leila Sherman was first drawn to the piano at age four, picking out melodies she’d overheard in a sister’s lessons. Hilary Castle set a bow to the strings of a violin at five, marveling that she could conjure such massive sounds from something so small. Since those early days, both have lived and breathed classical music, training under master teachers, performing across the United States and Europe, and eventually establishing thriving teaching studios in New York City, where both now make their homes.
Sara Leila Sherman
Creator & Co-founder
Sara Leila Sherman (Creator & Co-founder) is quickly establishing a presence on the classical music scene in her home city of New York and beyond. An accomplished pianist whose playing The Epoch Times has called “deeply satisfying, fresh, and insightful.” Sara performs regularly both as a solo artist and in chamber ensembles. In New York, she has taken the stage at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Artist Salon, Center for Fiction, The Living Room, and many other venues large and small. Just last summer, Sara was a featured soloist with the Chelsea Symphony. Further from home, she has played as a guest soloist for the German Ambassador in Washington, D.C., and she has performed internationally in Italy’s Castello di San Lorenzo Picenardi, Capella di Santa Chiari, and San Secondo Parmense; Courchevel, France; and Alushta, Ukraine.
Sara earned her Master of Music degree and a Professional Studies certificate in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She completed her undergraduate studies at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. Over the course of her musical career, Sara has benefited from the instruction of Jeffrey Cohen, Luba Edlina-Dubinsky, Veda Zuponcic, David Kraukauer, Wolfram Koessel, and Carol Ann Aicher. She has received honors in many festivals and competitions, including the Shining Stars Debut Series (first prize), Young Artists’ Competition, Sylvia Denbo Memorial Scholarship Competition, and the Leschetizky Young Gifted Artists Concert in New York City.
Sara is a much-sought-after teacher on NYC’s Upper West Side, where she runs a thriving private studio. In the past two years, Sara’s students have taken gold and silver honors in competition, earning performances in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Lincoln Center.
Hilary Castle Green
Violinist Hilary Castle (Co-founder) maintains an active schedule as a soloist, ensemble musician and teacher. “The electric energy behind Hilary’s playing is indescribable … She breathes life into the music and personifies it in a way that would shame those who thought this music could ever be boring.”
Hilary made her Broadway debut on stage with Steve Martin as the fiddle understudy in “Bright Star”, a musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. She has performed with a wide range of ensembles and artists, including the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra of New York City, Distinguished Concerts International New York Orchestra, American violinist and composer Mark O’Connor, Steve Martin in “Bright Star”, award-winning jazz vocalist Allan Harris, Thalia, Danish singer/songwriter Oh Land and Bonobo.
Most recently, Hilary co-founded a popular concert series for children and families, Mozart for Munchkins. Now in it’s second season, the series has presented over 100 concerts in 10 different neighborhoods, most of which sell out quickly. Mozart for Munchkins is launching a partnership with Lincoln Center Kids in May 2019. Inspired by the birth of her son and her co-founder’s daughter in 2017, Mozart for Munchkins fuses two of Hilary’s greatest passions: music performance and children.
Performances and projects have been featured in The New York Times, TimeOut New York, The New Yorker Magazine, New York Daily News, Broadway World, BUST magazine, The Day, Westerly Sun, on Sirius Radio’s Linked with Peter Cummings, and on MNN Television’s Minding Your Business.
Hilary served as concertmaster of the Mannes Opera Orchestra under the direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri. Orchestral performances are regularly held at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and have taken her to Symphony Hall in Boston, Sydney Opera House, the Rudofinum/Dvorak Hall in Prague, and Pesti Vigado in Budapest. As a soloist and chamber musician, Hilary has appeared in concert at the Morgan Library in New York City, New York Historical Society, New York Public Library, U.N. German Consulate General, Ukrainian Institute of America, Bargemusic, Nabi Gallery, and the Colony Club.
Alongside her work with Mozart for Munchkins, Hilary maintains an in-demand teaching studio in NYC. Through both, Hilary is dedicated to preserving the value of classical music performance and education through diverse performances and music education.
Hilary plays an 1815 Giovanni Baptista Ceruti violin, on loan from a generous benefactor. www.hilarycastle.com
Check out their website to see more about upcoming shows there is one coming up on a farm & another one in San Francisco too and more in the city …. if you have a little one you want to check this out for sure !
Coming up !