Laurie Berkner (photography by Jayme_Thornton/contributed photo)
Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner loves the holidays so much she's planned a festive solo holiday concert for Connecticut families this year! Laurie invites everyone to share the spirit of the season with her on Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London, CT.
Says Laurie Berkner, "One of my favorite things about the winter holidays is playing holiday shows! I love singing the songs I grew up celebrating with (plus some new favorites!) and sharing them with the kids and families who so generously allow me to become part of their holiday traditions."
Laurie Berkner's concert will celebrate the season with such traditional, secular songs as "Jingle Bells" and "Frosty the Snowman," plus originals from Laurie's well-loved album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas, like "Santa's Coming to My House Tonight." Laurie will pay tribute to Hanukkah with "Candle Chase" and "The Dreidel Song." She'll also perform an array of her greatest hits, such as "We Are The Dinosaurs," "Victor Vito," and "Pig On Her Head." Kids should plan to bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads), and Laurie hopes everyone will join in the holiday spirit and sing along!
Laurie Berkner's holiday shows have become a beloved seasonal tradition for many families, as essential as chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Enthused Westchester Magazine, "Laurie Berkner is considered a godsend by parents for being one of a handful of children's musicians that all members of the family can enjoy in equal measure. If your kids are climbing the walls waiting for Santa to arrive and think they'll burst before December 25, have them let off some steam seeing Berkner in concert."
Laurie Berkner is one of most popular children’s entertainers in the U.S. She has filled countless venues nationwide with adoring fans and sold millions of albums, songs, and videos. Her secret? Laurie’s shows are interactive throughout; her songs get the kids (and adults) on their feet to sing, clap, and dance along. She keeps even the youngest audience members fully engaged with dynamic expressions of musical joy in active songs like "I'm Gonna Catch You" and "Rocketship Run," and gives everyone a chance to catch their breath between high-energy moments by including quieter interludes featuring songs such as Laurie's classic "Moon Moon Moon." Laurie displays an instinctive understanding of children's natural rhythms and energy in her shows, which keeps kids enraptured and brings parents happily along for the ride.
Laurie has received tremendous critical acclaim. USA Today named Laurie "the undisputed queen of kindie rock." Time Magazine lauded her as "a kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow ... Berkner inhabits a kid's curious perspective in her lyrics and pens folk-pop melodies that bear repeated -- very repeated -- listenings." The Wall Street Journal called Laurie "one of the most popular children's performers in America ... her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups." NPR's All Things Considered declared, "Laurie Berkner is like a goddess to these children."