Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard (OSBY) offers children age pre-K to early elementary and their parents an interactive concert experience featuring hands-on activities with musical instruments, age-appropriate introduction to musical concepts, and concert performances that promote good listening skills. Each performance of Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard is a unique concert experience developed around the four instrument families of the orchestra: strings, brass, woodwind, and percussion. Bach Yard performances feature chamber selections of classical repertoire - by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and of course Bach - specially adapted for children (pieces normally last no longer than 3-4 minutes). OSBY events include professional musicians performing with Orli Shaham as host and pianist. A musical story time, narrated by Ms. Shaham, is part of the show, and there are pre-concert activities where children can get up close and interact with musical instruments and the musicians who play them.
OSBY was founded in 2010 as Baby Got Bach by the internationally renowned concert pianist Orli Shaham who was inspired by her own young sons’ experiences with music. OSBY has commissioned new pieces specifically for the program by composers including Steve Mackey, Beata Moon, and Bruce Adolphe. The program has been presented by the 92nd Street Y, Le Poisson Rouge, and WQXR's The Greene Space in New York City, Princeton University Concerts, Aspen Music Festival, The American Friends of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, and Centene Center in St. Louis. Guest artists have included violinist Gil Shaham, Sō Percussion, Escher String Quartet, Rolston String Quartet, WindSync, The Westerlies, and musicians from the St. Louis Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and Aspen Music Festival.
The program has been praised in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and New York Family Magazine and was listed in New York Magazine's “Best of New York.” OSBY has also been recognized by parents and the music community as a significant force in music education and entertainment for early elementary school-aged children.