The Philadelphia Orchestra - 2011-12 Season
Family concerts are an essential first step in introducing children to the lifelong pleasures of music. A stimulating and appealing mix of original and classic children's tales, with visual humor and award-winning actors, the series is a delight for young minds. Extend the fun! Enhance your child's experience with Pre-Concert Adventures, held at 10:00 AM in Perelman Theater.
family concerts saturday 11:30 aM
Simply Spooktacular
October 22, 2011

Philadelphia Orchestra musicians perform your favorite spooktacular classics including Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries" and Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King." Haunting harmonies and mysterious melodies turn Verizon Hall into a chilling chamber of Halloween fright and delight. The Orchestra will be in their best costumes, so dress your family in theirs, too! Experience the excitement and enchantment of classical music at its ghoulish best.

Beethoven Lives Upstairs
February 4, 2012

Featuring Classical Kids LIVE!

What happens when a "madman" moves upstairs? Embark on the story of young Christoph and discover the genius of master composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who has taken the upstairs apartment of Christoph's Vienna home. In letters exchanged with his uncle, Christoph recounts his experiences with the eccentric composer and comes to understand Beethoven's brilliance, the torment of his deafness, and the beauty of his music.

Musical Prodigies
March 24, 2012

Leila Josefowicz Host

Celebrate and discover the talents of young Philadelphia artists as the extraordinary winners of The Philadelphia Orchestra's Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition perform for you. Join our host, internationally-renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz, as she introduces us to tomorrow's musical stars. Some go on to celebrated solo careers, and some even become members of the world-famous Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Composer Is Dead
April 14, 2012

Nathaniel Stookey Composer
     and Narrator

There's dreadful news from the concert hall—the composer is dead! In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. Discover the instruments of the orchestra as the Inspector interrogates all of the usual suspects. Living composer Nathaniel Stookey joins The Philadelphia Orchestra to narrate his preposterously irresistible work, with text by popular children's author Lemony Snicket.