Spark the Love of Music in Your Child with CSO Family Concerts

As a violin teacher, I’m deeply committed to building new audiences for classical music. It’s been proven time and time again that children are open and eager to learning about classical music and jazz at a young age. That’s why I was excited to receive information from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra about their 2011/12 concerts for children and families. These performances are a valuable way to introduce children to classical music. And if your child is taking music lessons, bringing him to an outstanding performance is the best way to inspire him to practice.

The CSO’s concerts accommodate children in different age groups. The CSO Family Matinee programs are designed for families with children ages 5 to 9. The Once upon a Symphony presentations are a small ensemble concert experience designed specifically for children ages 3 to 5.

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago (training orchestra for the CSO) is presenting its annual Hallowed Haunts concert on Saturday, October 29. Before the concert, Symphony Center hosts spooky festivities for kids in the “Haunted Ballroom” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Young ghosts, goblins and ghouls can partake in fun Halloween games (with wacky prizes) and arts-and-crafts activities throughout Symphony Center. All patrons, young and old, are encouraged to come dressed in their most imaginative costumes for Halloween trick-or-treating. Hallowed Haunts is recommended for ages 5 and up, with special pricing for ages 5 to 17.

Saturday, November 26 will feature a special concert by the Vienna Boys Choir and. Saturday, April 28 will have a Jazz at Lincoln center concert featuring Wynton Marsalis.

You’ll find a complete listing of the family concert series below. Tickets for these programs can be purchased by calling 312-294-3000 or at cso.org

 

Once Upon a Symphony
Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center
Saturday, October 15, 2011, 10 and 11:45 a.m.
Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10 and 11:45 a.m. 
“The Ugly Duckling”
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Megan Wells, storytellerProgram to include arrangements of music by Copland, Respighi,
Saint-Saëns and J. Strauss, Jr.

Tickets: $7–$12

 

Hallowed Haunts Saturday, October 29, 2011, 3 p.m.
“Phantoms of the Orchestra”
Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Alastair Willis, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company, guest artistsBACH  Toccata from Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
(orch. Stokowski)
KODÁLY  Dragon’s Dance from Balletmusik
BACH  Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578 (Little) (orch. Stokowski)
DUKAS  The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
MUSSORGSKY   A Night on Bald Mountain

Tickets: $7–$60

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Family Matinee Series
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
“Magical Movements”
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Duain Wolfe, conductor           
DanceWorks Chicago, guest artists
Julie Nakagawa, artistic director
Christan Spuck, choreographerFRY  Paradigm for Five Percussionists
COPLAND  Fanfare for the Common Man
NIELSEN  Wind Quintet, Op. 43
MOZART  Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
BRITTEN  The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Tickets: $6–$57

 

Symphony Center Presents
Special Concert
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 3 p.m.
Vienna Boys ChoirTickets: $22–$83

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s
Welcome Yule!
Friday, December 16, 2011, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 17, 2011, 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 2011, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 22, 2011, 7 p.m.
Friday, December 23, 2011, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, conductor and directorTickets: $20–$90

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Family Matinee Series
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
“Musical Mayhem”
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Alastair Willis, conductor
Lookingglass Theatre Company, guest artistsSTRAVINSKY  Pulcinella Suite

Tickets: $6–$57

 

Once Upon a Symphony
Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 10 and 11:45 a.m. 
Saturday, March 17, 2012, 10 and 11:45 a.m.
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Megan Wells, storytellerProgram to be announced.

Tickets: $7–$12

 

Symphony Center Presents
Special Concert
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 1 p.m.
Jazz for Young People®: “Who is Duke Ellington?”
featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet and artistic directorTickets: $12–$57

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Family Matinee Series
Saturday, May 12, 2012, 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
“The Composer is Dead”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edwin Outwater, conductor
Nathaniel Stookey, narratorSTOOKEY  The Composer is Dead (text by Lemony Snicket)

Tickets: $6–$57

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