THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2019–20 MUSIC FOR FAMILIES SERIES, WITH CONCERTS FEBRUARY 29, AND APRIL 4 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL
All concerts feature giveaways and lobby activities before the performances, including coloring stations, instrument petting zoos, photo stations, piano mats, and more
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—
The 2019–20 Music for Families series continues Saturday, February 29 with Out West, in which Erina Yashimamakes her SFS debut and leads the Orchestra in Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, and Randy Newman’s Toy Story Suite from the Disney and Pixar classic. The SF Symphony will provide free sheriff badges to all children. The Music for Families series concludes on Saturday, April 4 with Meet the Orchestra, featuring Wattis Foundation Music Director Daniel Stewartleading the critically acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) in their first appearance in a Music for Families concert in more than twenty years. The SFSYO will guide the audience in a program that highlights the roles of different instruments and shows how they join forces to create one big symphonic sound. The program features Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, a joyous work that highlights each individual section of the orchestra through virtuosic variations based on a theme by Purcell. Additional programming for these concerts will be announced at a later date.
Lobby Activities: Beginning one hour before each performance, guests are invited to explore the hands-on activities scattered around Davies Symphony Hall lobbies, including instrument petting zoos, where families can get an up-close look at the instruments they see on stage; a conductor photo station where children can strike a pose as the maestro of the Symphony; piano mats where families can compose their own tunes by hopping from one key to the next; and coloring stations where children can unleash their inner artist with music-themed drawings. Come early to collect stamps from each Instrument Petting Zoo station for your musical passport.
About Music for Families
This popular series for Bay Area families was launched in 1993 and is designed to introduce children and their parents to the wonders of live orchestral music. Part performance and part family outing, the series consists of matinee concerts designed to spark the imagination of the whole family through an exploration of different aspects of the orchestra and its repertoire. Music for Families concerts are designed to be educational, engaging, and fun. They include performances of great symphonic music, fascinating musical discoveries, and informative talks about the orchestra, the instruments, the musicians, and the music. Music for Families concerts are geared to ages 5 and up. Tickets for children age 18 and under are half-price