Seattle Symphony and KING FM partner on new Family Concerts Season

Here at the Symphony, we are passionate about igniting the spark of imagination in young audiences and making symphony experiences more available to families. One way we accomplish this is through our Family Connections program that allows young people ages 8 to 18 to attend Masterworks Season and Seattle Pops series performances free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Another is through our Family Concerts series, which is tailored to children, giving them exposure to high caliber live symphonic performances in an accessible and fun format. This year, the Family Concerts series is being kicked up a notch with blockbuster programming and a partnership with Classical KING FM 98.1. We’ve been longtime partners with KING FM, but we’re extending our partnership into working with families. Together, we have the possibility to make a difference in families’ lives as they spend time together with the joy of music.

In a day and age that is constantly connected to electronics, we’re always searching for ways to unplug and connect to those who matter most. Most of us have the desire to create for our children and grandchildren the love of deeper personal connections outside of the computer screen. One thing we often hear from Seattle Symphony concertgoers is, “I love this music and I want my kids to love it too!” Family Concerts are a great way to give young ones access to what you love, all the while creating meaningful experiences and memories.

The Seattle Symphony invites you to set aside four mornings this next year to invest in a young person in your life, whether it’s your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or your friend’s little one! Come early to take part in the show-specific activities and crafts before the concert. Learn together about the orchestra and music with the activities in the program. They’ll be able to look back on these special memories for the rest of their lives.


Phantoms of the Orchestra

Saturday, October 31, at 11am

Phantoms of the Orchestra return to haunt the concert hall this Halloween. The Maestro and his frightened assistant must use the power of a silver baton to control this ghoulish orchestra. Inspired by The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a score made popular by the Walt Disney film Fantasia, be sure to wear your costume and stay after for carnival activities!

The Snowman

Saturday, December 5, at 11am

This charming animated film tells the story of a young boy’s friendship with a snowman who comes to life and takes him on a magical journey. The Seattle Symphony performs Howard Blake’s award-winning soundtrack, including its most famous song “Walking in the Air,” sung by the Seattle Opera Youth Chorus.

Peter and the Wolf

Saturday, March 12, at 11am

There’s no better introduction to the instruments of the symphony than Prokofiev's timeless tale of boy versus wolf. This production, by Really Inventive Stuff, features a vaudeville inspired performance guaranteed to engage and inspire imaginations of all ages.

Carnival of the Animals

Saturday, May 21, at 11am

“Come one, come all, to a musical zoo. Hear the sounds all around: it’s a neat thing to do!” ARC Youth Dance Company and the Symphony are our guides through Saint-Saëns’ enchanted music where a menagerie of animals from lions and kangaroos to turtles and elephants spring into being through music and dance.

Family Concerts are designed for ages 12 and under, and feature some of the world’s greatest classics that all ages are sure to enjoy! Come one hour early for pre-concert adventures in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby, featuring performances by local young musicians and community groups, plus instrument exploration.

Looking for something more geared towards your littlest music lovers? Check out our Tiny Tots series, 35-minute interactive programs featuring musical games, stories and songs, designed for ages 0 to 5.

By Heidi Staub

Posted on October 6, 2015