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MAY/JUNE FAMILY PROGRAMS AT THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY

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Friday, 17 April, 2015

Wide Variety of Engaging Programs for Children of All Ages and Their Families

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Photo Credit [from left to right]: Brandon Patoc Photography, Brandon Patoc Photography, Robert Wade

The Seattle Symphony’s 2014–2015 season concludes this May and June with a wide variety of programs for children of all ages and their families, from concert series including Tiny Tots: Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda (ages 0 to 5), Symphony Kids (ages 3 to 8), First Concerts (ages 4 to 8) and Family Concerts (ages 6 to 11), to Musical Storytime during Pay-What-You-Can Fridays in Soundbridge.

Highlights in May and June include a sing-along and play-along Family Concert: The Orchestra Rocks; an evening of world premieres by students in the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop including pieces written for Trimpin’s lobby installation; a U.S. premiere of a new composition by British composer Colin Matthews at the Family Concert: The Pied Piper; and an intimate First Concerts show featuring percussion instruments. See below for a complete list of concerts and classes for May and June.

MAY/JUNE 2015 Family Programming


Pay-What-You-Can Fridays (all ages)

Friday, May 1, 2015, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
$10 suggested donation
Drop in on Fridays to see, touch and play real instruments at the Symphony! Don’t miss our Musical Storytime class (ages 2–5 years) at 10:30 a.m.

Pay-What-You-Can Fridays (all ages)

Friday, May 8, 2015, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
$10 suggested donation

Family Concert: The Orchestra Rocks (ages 6–11)

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 11 a.m.
S. Mark Taper Foundation at Benaroya Hall
Stilian Kirov, conductor
$15 Students/Seniors; $20 Adults
How does the orchestra rock? Explore rhythm, pulse and groove as the Seattle Symphony draws on selected orchestral repertoire including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Holst’s The Planets and more. Pre-concert activities begin at 10 a.m. in the Grand Lobby.

Lullaby Project Performance

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 3 p.m.
Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
FREE
The Lullaby Project offers mothers in distressed situations a unique opportunity to write a personal lullaby for their babies. Seattle Symphony musicians and friends will perform these lullabies in a heartwarming concert.

Pay-What-You-Can Fridays (all ages)

Friday, May 15, 2015, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
$10 suggested donation

Symphony Kids: Stone Soup, a Once Upon a Symphony® program

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10 a.m & 11:30a.m.
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
$12

Join musicians of the Seattle Symphony and special guests for Once Upon a Symphony®, an interactive concert featuring vibrant music, engaging storytelling and enchanting visuals, sets and costumes.  This program features the classic folk tale, Stone Soup. Once Upon a Symphony is a program of the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. All ages need a ticket, including babes in arms. Pre-concert activities begin 30 minutes before each performance in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.

Pay-What-You-Can Fridays (all ages)

Friday, May 29, 2015, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
$10 suggested donation

Young Composers Workshop Performance

Monday, June 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Grand Lobby
FREE
Led by Director Huck Hodge, the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop is a 12-week course on music composition in which participants compose their own music. This season, as part of the our residency with kinetic sound artist Trimpin, some of these high-school composers will write additional music for Trimpin’s Benaroya Hall installation and live musicians. All 10 world premieres will be performed by Seattle Symphony musicians and friends. Classical KING FM 98.1 announcer Dave Beck will host.

Seattle Symphony’s Young Composers Workshop received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The program is sponsored by the Merriman Family.

Pay-What-You-Can Fridays (all ages)

Friday, June 5, 2015, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
$10 suggested donation

Family Concert: The Pied Piper (ages 6–11)

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 11 a.m.
S. Mark Taper Foundation at Benaroya Hall
Stilian Kirov, conductor
$15 Students/Seniors; $20 Adults
British composer Colin Matthews brings to life the immortal story of Michael Morpurgo’s Pied Piper. Featuring a local youth chorus, this concert is the perfect start to your family’s summer. Pre-concert activities begin at 10 a.m. in the Grand Lobby.

Pay-What-You-Can Fridays (all ages)

Friday, June 12, 2015, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
$10 suggested donation

Tiny Tots: Teddy Bear’s Musical Picnic (ages 0 to 5)

Friday, June 12, 2015, 10:30 a.m., and Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
$12, all ages need a ticket
Bring your teddy bear for this concert filled with playful songs, games and musical stories! Featuring Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda™, this concert will explore the sounds of the clarinet, French horn and cello. Concerts are 35 minutes in length. Pre-concert activities begin 30 minutes before each performance in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.

Musical Storytime (ages 2–5)

Monday, June 15, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Seattle Public Library, Main Branch Children’s Section
FREE
Seattle Symphony teaching artists bring the Seattle Public Library’s summer reading book list to life through music, movement and instruments.

Pay-What-You-Can Fridays (all ages)

Friday, June 19, 2015, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
$10 suggested donation

First Concert Series: Matthew Kocmieroski, Percussion (ages 4 to 8)

Sunday, March 21, 2015, 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
$8/child, $10/adult, free for children under age 2
Meet a Seattle Symphony musician in Soundbridge! Musicians will perform short pieces and invite questions from curious little ones. Children will learn how to be musical explorers through their ears and try out the featured instrument after the show.

Musical Storytime (ages 2–5)

Monday, June 22, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Seattle Public Library, Main Branch Children’s Section
FREE
Seattle Symphony teaching artists bring the Seattle Public Library’s summer reading book list to life through music, movement and instruments.

Pay-What-You-Can Fridays (all ages)

Friday, June 26, 2015, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
$10 suggested donation

Musical Storytime (ages 2–5)

Monday, June 29, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Seattle Public Library, Main Branch Children’s Section
FREE
Seattle Symphony teaching artists bring the Seattle Public Library’s summer reading book list to life through music, movement and instruments.


About Seattle Symphony Family Programs:

Tiny Tots Series

Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda(ages 0 to 5) has engaged the Seattle Symphony’s youngest music lovers with its unique “move-along, sing-along” programs for more than a decade. The interactive 35-minute-long programs feature musical games, stories, songs and performances by young artists. Pre-concert activities begin 30 minutes before each performance in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. Performances take place in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall and do not include the Seattle Symphony. Subscriptions to the 5-concert Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda series are $49. Tickets are required for audience members of all ages, including babes in arms.

Symphony Kids Series

The Seattle Symphony presents a highly engaging 4-concert series, Symphony Kids, in 2014–2015. These 45-minute interactive programs pair local artists with Seattle Symphony musicians. Tailored for children ages 3–8, young audiences will sing and dance, and parents will have a blast too! Symphony Kids performances are presented in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 30 minutes prior to each performance, families can participate in free pre-concert activities in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. Subscriptions to this four-concert series are $39. Tickets are required for audience members of all ages, including babes in arms.

Family Concerts

The Seattle Symphony presents an exceptional 5-concert series, Family Concerts, in 2014–2015. Designed especially for children ages 6 to 11 and their families, these 50-minute concerts explore the world of symphonic music and introduce children to the orchestral concert experience. Family Concert performances are presented in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium on Saturdays at 11 a.m. One hour prior to each performance, families can participate in free pre-concert adventures in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. Subscriptions to this five-concert series are $65 for seniors/students and $90 for adults.

First Concert Series

Meet a Seattle Symphony musician in Soundbridge! In the First Concert series, designed for children ages 3 to 8, musicians perform short pieces and invite questions from curious little ones. Children learn how to be musical explorers through their ears and try out the featured instrument after the show. The 2014–2015 series features four interactive concerts. Series tickets are $30 for children, $38 for adults, and free for children age 2 and under.

The Lullaby Project

This program was designed to offer mothers in distressed situations a unique opportunity to write a personal lullaby for their babies. Its broader purpose is to empower these mothers both as artists and as individuals.

There are 3 aspects to the project:

  • The creative workshop — gives mothers an opportunity to write letters to their children expressing their hopes, wishes and dreams for them. From these letters the teaching artists help pull out phrases and words that will become verses and melodies.
  • The recording session — 2–4 weeks after the creative workshop, the teaching artists record the finished lullabies onto a CD. The mothers are invited to the recording session and are given the opportunity to record a personal dedication for their children.
  • The sharing session — the finished CDs are presented to the mothers as a keepsake and they get to hear their recorded lullabies for the first time. Teaching artists lead the mothers through a reflection time of sharing thoughts about the process and creation of their lullabies.

This season the Symphony is adding a live performance of the lullabies with Seattle Symphony musicians and friends.

The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop

This free workshop is a 12-week series of two-hour classes with Huck Hodge, Professor of Composition at the University of Washington. Designed for pre-college musicians, the workshop allows students to work on all aspects of composing, including writing themes, learning orchestration and preparing a final score with parts. The program culminates with a world premiere chamber concert featuring new works by these young composers. All pieces are performed by Seattle Symphony musicians and friends.

About Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center

The Seattle Symphony brings music to life for families and their children in the interactive music discovery center, Soundbridge, located on the corner of Second Avenue and Union Street. Families will experience Musical Storytelling, world music exploration, drum circles and more. Tiny Tots, Symphony Kids and Family Concert ticket holders receive free admission to Soundbridge on the day of the concert.

About Once Upon a Symphony

A program of the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Once Upon a Symphony was conceived in 2009 by Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma to give young children a playful introduction to classical music. Designed for children ages 3–5, these interactive programs incorporate a performance by a small ensemble of musicians and an actor with video projections, costumes and props developed in partnership with Chicago Children’s Theatre. Pre-concert activities, an essential part of the Once Upon a Symphony experience, were designed by Dr. Jacqueline Kelly-McHale, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at DePaul University. Jon Weber is Executive Producer of Once Upon a Symphony.

The Seattle Symphony’s Family, School & Community programs are supported by 4Culture, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Boeing Company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, The Clowes Fund, Inc., the Elizabeth McGraw Foundation, the Fales Foundation Trust, the League of American Orchestras, Richard and Francine Loeb, Kjristine Lund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, Peach Foundation, the Peg and Rick Young Foundation, the Schiff Foundation, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the Snoqualmie Tribe, Ten Grands Seattle, the U.S. Bank Foundation, Wells Fargo and the Wyman Youth Trust.

How to Purchase Tickets

Subscriptions and individual tickets may be purchased at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m.; online at www.seattlesymphony.org; or by phone at (206) 215-4747 or toll free at (866) 833-4747. 


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