Children's Cultural Concert Series

The City of East Lansing is excited to celebrate diversity by hosting a Children's Cultural Concert Series, which will feature three Saturdays of live musical entertainment for children of all ages. Additional details about the concerts are provided below:

  • When: 11 a.m.
  • Where: East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road
  • How Much: It's free! Pre-Registration is required (see below for more details). 

Saturday, March 5 - Joe Reilly

Joe Reilly’s program, titled “Let’s Be Inclusive,” is comprised of original songs that celebrate diversity in its many forms. His goal is to motivate children as a community to celebrate diversity and encourage empathy. Reilly's warm personality and playful singing style helps add to the joyful and positive tone of this presentation. Some of the main themes highlighted in his performance are empathy, tolerance and the importance of diversity.

Saturday, March 19 - Gabriel Estrada III

Gabriel Estrada III is a mariachi singer from Kent City, Mich. He was selected as a finalist for the 11th Annual Ford Motor Company Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition in San Antonio, Texas, where he received 1st Place in the College/University level. Gabriel believes that mariachi music is the heart and soul of Mexico and enjoys representing its culture and music.

Saturday, April 9 - Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball is an internationally recognized expert in the field of blues and boogie-woogie piano playing. Ball presents programs for young families and children with his "Tunes for Tots" styled performance of Boogie-Woogie Nursery Rhymes. The interactive music performance features boogied arrangements of "Hokey Pokey," "Happy and You Know It," "Wheels on The Bus," "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Bingo," "This Land is Your Land" and more.  

COVID-19 Protocols

In an effort to make the concert series as safe as possible and to comply with performer contract requirements, attendees must wear a mask at all times during the performances. Rows of seating will be physically distanced and attendees are asked to stay in their seats for the duration of the performance. 

How to Register

Community members interested in attending can pre-register by calling the ELHCC at (517) 333-2580 ext. 0 or online at RecTrac. Interested attendees who pre-register by phone have until the Friday prior to each concert at 8 p.m. and those who register online have until 9 a.m. on the day of the concerts. Pre-registration is first come, first serve as space is limited to 100 attendees.