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The CSO’s centennial season of concerts for children

REFLECT | RESPOND | REMIX — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s centennial season of concerts for children 2018–19 marks the hundredth…

How a youth concert started conductor Thomas Wilkins on his career path

When the Boston Symphony Orchestra offered Thomas Wilkins the position of youth and family concerts conductor, he hesitated. “I thought,…

Once Upon a Symphony: Post-Concert Guide

Inside you will find ways to continue exploring the music and concepts from the Once Upon a Symphony concert, The Three Little Pigs.

The CSO explores and inspires courage among young listeners

COUR • AGE: the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous. During the 2016/17 season, the…

The Three Little Pigs: Parent Guide

Thank you for joining us for Once Upon a Symphony!  Whether this is the first time that your family will visit Symphony Center, or if you have attended a Once Upon a Symphony concert before, we promise this will be a fun and memorable experience!

Bringing the Bard to the young with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Shakespeare meets Mendelssohn in the CSO Family Matinee Series presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” For the second program of this…

Don Quixote: Parent Guide

Explore the activities below with your child(ren) before arriving at Symphony Center!

Symphonic Superheroes: Parent Guide

The Negaunee Music Institute has developed a series of fun and engaging activities for you and your child to explore before your visit to Symphony Center.

Once Upon a Symphony: Backstage Buzz

Begin watching at 1:16 to learn more about a performance of The Bremen Town Musicians, part of the CSO’s Once…

Carnival of the Animals Poetry: Avondale-Logandale

On March 20 and 21, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be presenting Carnival of the Animals, a concert designed for schools and families with children ages 5-9. In addition to presenting an exciting program of classical music, the concert will feature poems written by students participating in Hands On Stanzas, a program presented by the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Leading up to the concert, we will be featuring submissions from each participating school, starting with fourth grade students from Avondale-Logandale Elementary School.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular helps children experience the power of music

The music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is a natural choice for a concert designed to show children how well music…