Elmer Fudd's chant of "Kill the Wabbit" to the tune of "Ride of the Valkyries" has introduced countless tikes to the riches of Richard Wagner's operas. Now that Looney Tunes is out of heavy syndication rotation, parents are faced with finding new ways to expose their kids to the classics. Great adult minds realize the importance of educating young ones early, or in no time it'll be nothing but "Lady Gaga this" and "Katy Perry that." Fortunately, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra is here to help. Under the unflinching gaze of conductor Ward Stare, the SLSO and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Young Artists will present a special abridged performance of Mozart's last great opera, The Magic Flute at 3 p.m. today at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-533-2500 or www.slso.org). With its evil queen, captured princess and noble prince, The Magic Flute reads like a Disney fairy tale, designed to delight kids and adults alike. Tickets are $7 to $16.
Sun., Jan. 15, 2012