Beethoven's Wig

Beethoven's Wig

 Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
BandClassicalChildren's Music

Beethoven's Wig sings Richard Perlmutter's witty lyrics to the greatest hits of classical music. They have scored two #1 albums on the Amazon Bestseller List and have won a record 46 national awards, including 4 Grammy Award Nominations.


Beethoven’s Wig sings witty, inventive lyrics set to the greatest hits of classical music. Created by lyricist and lead vocalist Richard Perlmutter, Beethoven’s Wig is comprised of five singers who perform as featured artists with symphony orchestras and ensembles.

Beethoven’s Wig songs are filled with fact and fancy about the world’s greatest composers, and their music and concerts open the door to “serious music” for all ages. Richard Perlmutter gets the audience into the act by encouraging them to sing along, dance the Can Can, and answer classical music trivia questions. Entertaining anecdotes about classical composers and their compositions are woven throughout the performance.

Beethoven’s Wig has performed as a headlining artist at world-renowned venues, performing arts centers, festivals and museums. The group has been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Today Show.” Two of their albums have reached #1 on the Amazon Bestseller List. Beethoven’s Wig has won 4 Grammy Award Nominations and three of its albums have been honored as American Library Association “Notable Recordings.”

Symphony Orchestra Show

When performing with symphony orchestras, Beethoven’s Wig provides the conductor's score and parts for all instruments. All music is clean, note perfect and orchestra tested. One two-hour rehearsal is required either the day of the performance or the day before.

Ensemble Performances

Shows with small ensembles or chamber orchestras are custom tailored to accommodate the instrumentation. Beethoven's Wig provides all the music. Beethoven's Wig also has its own pianist who can accompany them.

Solo Shows

Perlmutter presents a solo show of Beethoven’s Wig songs (along with stories and anecdotes, comedy and audience participation) accompanying himself on piano.

Richard Perlmutter - Creator, Lyricist and Lead Singer
Richard Perlmutter is the creator, lyricist and featured performer of Beethoven's Wig, one of the most honored children's music series ever. The first four albums in the series have been nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Musical Album for Children and the recordings and book have been honored with an astounding 40 national awards. Perlmutter has released two other children's recordings: Tin Pan Alley and Hot Diggity. He has also produced three additional albums: Hear & Gone in 60 Seconds! featuring 29 of the best artists in children's music and winner of 7 national awards; Ukulele Lady with Victoria Jackson of Saturday Night Live; and Little Cowpoke, for the Grammy-winning Nickel Creek. In addition, Richard has written music for radio and TV. Richard holds degrees from Cornell University, Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. He also taught at Yale.

Elin Carlson - Soprano
Elin Carlson has had a distinguished career performing leading opera roles and as a concert soloist in the United States, Japan, Germany, and Austria. Elin has sung on many film and TV scores, including solos in X-Men 2, Mars Attacks, Flubber, and Disney's 3 Musketeers, and an on-camera appearance as an opera diva in The 4th Tenor with Rodney Dangerfield. She is also the voice on the Star Trek DVDs. Elin received her Bachelor of Music Degree in theory and composition at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and is a published composer.

Jennifer Barnes - Alto
Jennifer Barnes is a highly sought-after vocalist, clinician and arranger throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is the Director of Vocal Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, where she directs the award-winning UNT Jazz Singers. Jennifer recorded her own solo jazz CD, “You Taught My Heart” (available on iTunes and, and is also the alto voice and an arranger/composer for the professional vocal quartet, Vertical Voices Live and the a cappella vocal collective, Sixth Wave. She has appeared and sung on radio and television ads for Chili’s Restaurant, Epson, Old El Paso, and McDonalds, and on tv and film scores including “Wall-E”, the “X Men” films, “Ice Age 2 & 3”, “Enchanted”, “Star Trek” and “Glee”.

Jonathan Mack - Tenor
Mack’s recital, opera and concert career as a lyric tenor has taken him throughout the United States, Germany, France, Holland and Australia. American opera engagements have included Kentucky Opera, Opera Columbus, Opera Utah, Vancouver Opera, Portland Opera, and seventeen seasons with the Los Angeles Opera, where he has performed over fifty roles. H


Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies
Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies is the first album in the series. It features lyrics set to the some of the greatest hits of classical music: Fur Elise, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1812 Overture, Can Can and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Each piece is filled with fact and fancy about the world's most notable composers and their masterpieces, and they open the door to "serious music" in a way that's fun. In addition to the lyrical versions, the orchestral performance of each classical piece is included without lyrics. Each album also has classical music trivia, and activities for kids, parents and teachers. Beethoven’s Wig: Sing Along Symphonies reached the Number 1 position on Amazon’s Hot 100 Bestseller List and held the Number 1 on both the Amazon Classical and Children’s Charts for four months. It has been in ranked in the top 100 on the Amazon Classical Sales Charts for over 7 years. It also won a Grammy Award nomination and 15 other awards.

Beethoven's Wig 2: More Sing Along Symphonies
Beethoven's Wig 2: More Sing Along Symphonies is the second CD in series. It includes more big classical hits: In the Hall of the Mountain King, The Wedding March, Spring from the Four Seasons, and The Blue Danube Waltz. Beethoven’s Wig 2 also reached the Number 1 Position on the Amazon Bestseller List, Classical and Children’s Charts and won a Grammy Award Nomination.

Beethoven's Wig 3: Many More Sing Along Symphonies
Beethoven's Wig 3 celebrates the instruments. It’s a concept album in which each piece features a different instrument. Eighteen different instruments are highlighted and the lyrics often pertain to the instruments themselves. There are big hits: William Tell Overture, Thus Spake Zarathustra, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and a dance from the Nutcracker Suite. Plus, there are some lesser known pieces including a work Beethoven composed for mandolin, and a trombone piece by Joseph Haydn’s brother Michael. Beethoven’s Wig 3 also received a Grammy Nomination.

Beethoven's Wig 4: Dance Along Symphonies
Beethoven’s Wig 4 features great classical music written for dances and marches. There’s a Bach Minuet, a Strauss Polka, a Waltz by Waldteufel, and even some ragtime by Joplin. In addition, marches by Sousa and Elgar are included. The album also contains a bonus track called Beep Beep Beep, a song about a late night traffic jam set to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. It’s been played numerous times on NPR’s Car Talk and is featured on a Car Talk Greatest Hits album. Beethoven’s Wig 4 won the group its fourth Grammy Award Nomination.

Beethoven’s Wig: Sing Along Piano Classics

On the fifth Beethoven’s Wig album, the Wig turns from symphonic to piano music, adding its spin to giants of the keyboard: Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy and Mussorgsky, as well as modern composers Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Henry Cowell. In addition, Scott Joplin’s ragtime classic “The Entertainer” is included as is the famous “Celebrated Chop Waltz” commonly known as “Chopsticks.” To date, Beethoven’s Wig is one of the most honored series of recordings in the history of family entertainment - with 46 awards, including 4 Grammy Award Nominations.

Set List

Beethoven’s Wig: 2010 -2011 Season Program

1. Forever We’re Marching (Washington Post, Sousa)
2. Beethoven’s Wig (5th Symphony, Beethoven)
3. Stuck In The Saddle Again (Light Cavalry Overture, Suppe)
4. Franz Liszt the Famous Pianist (Hungarian Rhapsody #2, LIszt)
5. Bull In A China Shop (Toreador Song from Carmen Suite, Bizet)
6. Oh No! (Maple Leaf Rag, Joplin)
7. A Manly Man (Elephant from Carnival of the Animals, Saint Saens)
8. Sing Verdi Very Loud (La donna e mobile from Rigoletto, Verdi)
9. It’s Spring (Spring, Four Season, Vivaldi)
10. Drip Drip Drip (Pizzicato from Sylvia, Delibes)
11. Where Oh Where (Funeral March of a Marionette, Gounod)
12. Midnight Snack (Habanera from Carmen, Bizet)
13. Musical B’s (Hungarian Dance #5, Brahms)
14. Please Don’t Play Your Violin at Night (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart)
15. Just For Elise (Fur Elise, Beethoven)
16. Beep Beep Beep (Moonlight Sonata, Beethoven)
17. Haydn’s Great Surprise (Surprise Symphony, Hayd