A Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance is a must-do experience when visiting Chicago. Thanks to the CSO's wonderful family programming, you can now attend a performance at the grand Orchestra Hall with your kids, too. Founded in 1891, the Symphony makes its home at Orchestra Hall, a magnificent performance space designed by renowned Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. Here are three opportunities to enjoy the world of classical music with your child.
The CSO Family Matinee Series offers the one-of-a-kind experience of hearing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing orchestral masterpieces with kids in mind. Designed for kids ages 5-9, a Kidsbook activity booklet will be mailed to your home pre-show, so you can learn more about the music, the orchestra, the conductor and guest artists. Immediately before the show, free pre-concert activities welcome kids into the Symphony Center Rotunda where they can meet the musicians, see the instruments played up close and more. Prime seat packages start at just $42 for all three concerts.
Each season, Symphony Center offers special concerts appropriate for children ages 5 and up: Hallowed Haunts, the Vienna Boys Choir and Welcome Yule! Hallowed Haunts will feature all of the spookiest Halloween favorites, while Welcome Yule! is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit with its focus on treasured carols and Yuletide favorites (be on the lookout for a surprise visit from Santa Claus himself!). The Vienna Boys Choir will showcase classics from medieval times to modern day, all performed by one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world, an Austrian treasure since 1498.
The Once Upon a Symphony series is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the world of classical music with your child. Designed for children as young as age 3, the series features a small group of CSO musicians and a master storyteller. Together, they will create an interactive experience with the aim of introducing young children to the world of music. Kids are invited to sing, dance, and play while following along with the story of Stone Soup or the Three Little Pigs. Before each concert, you'll receive a guide that will help you best prepare your child for his concert experience. You'll also receive a post-concert activity sheet with ideas for expanding learning at home.?
To reserve tickets to any of the above performances, or to learn more, visit the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's family resource page at cso.org/Institute/ChildrenAndFamilies/Default.aspx.