Bach Before Bedtime (BBB), founded by Allegra Chamber Music in 2008, introduces children of all ages to a fun, interactive, and sensory-stimulating series of chamber music concerts throughout the year. Performed by Montreal’s premiere classical musicians, a whimsical story accompanies each piece, bringing meaning to the music. Young concert-goers have the chance to conduct the musicians, play along with percussion instruments, interact with the performers and even try their instruments.
To expose children and their families to the world of classical music through hands-on, educational concerts. To remove the barrier between audiences and performers through interactive, communal performance experiences.
To create a new generation of active, engaged listeners, and future musicians through its interactive and experiential concerts.
Education: BBB broadens the children’s array of visual, auditory, cognitive, communicative, social, and musical skills.
Bilingualism: BBB concerts are presented simultaneously in English and French by a group of dynamic and engaging narrator-musicians.
Encouragement: BBB makes participation fun for all types of children, on stage and off, during the performance, and one-on-one with the musicians afterward.
Inspiration: BBB inspires children in a variety of ways, by learning more about composers, listening to music, or learning to play an instrument.
Outreach: BBB partners with daycares and schools throughout Montreal, and provides financial support to children and communities for whom cost is a barrier.
Cultivation: BBB develops audiences by opening the eyes and ears of entire families to exceptional classical music.