Designed for children ages 3–5, Once Upon a Symphony programs feature CSO musicians and introduce young children to the amazing world of classical music.

Expertly designed for our youngest concertgoers, Once Upon a Symphony weaves together live music performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, vivid storytelling, sets, costumes and images to create a unique and magical overture to the CSO music experience. These concerts enhance a child’s development as a life-long learner, cultivating skills such as problem solving, making connections, focus and self-regulation, perspective, persistence and self-directed, engaged learning.

In the 2016/17 season, we present two exciting programs that highlight the season-long theme, “Sounds of Courage.” The Three Little Pigs build houses of straw, wood and brick. Meanwhile, a hungry wolf threatens to blow down each of the pigs’ houses. The wolf’s plan might succeeded…if not for the courageous thinking of the third pig! This story emphasizes the importance of caring for others, particularly in the face of challenging circumstances.

The Bremen Town Musicians tells the story of four animals who are told they are no longer needed to work on the farm. The animals set off on their own, dreaming of becoming musicians, but along the way they come upon a house full of robbers! The four friends quickly decide to work together to scare away the robbers, discovering that they each have courage that they didn’t know they possessed.

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

The Three Little Pigs
Saturday, Dec. 3, Feb. 4 & 25
10:00 a.m. & 11:45 a.m

Tickets & Info 

Preconcert activities*: 
9:15-9:45 a.m. & 11:00-11:30a.m.

The Bremen Town Musicians
Saturday, Mar. 11, Apr. 8, May 13
10:00 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Tickets & Info 

Preconcert activities*: 
9:15-9:45 a.m. & 11:00-11:30a.m.

 

SCHOOLS & TEACHERS

The Three Little Pigs
Monday, Dec. 5 & Feb. 27
10:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Ticket Order Form
Request a Docent Visit



The Bremen Town Musicians
Monday, Mar. 13 & May 15
10:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Ticket Order Form
Request a Docent Visit

 

YOUR ONCE UPON A SYMPHONY EXPERIENCE

Once Upon a Symphony is a unique program with experiences that extend beyond your visit to Symphony Center. The information below will help prepare for your visit.

  • A few weeks prior to each concert, you will receive a preparatory document that describes what to expect at Symphony Center and several recommendations of ways that you can prepare your child for a fun and engaging musical experience.
  • Concerts are presented in Buntrock Hall, with special seating designed just for our youngest audience.
  • In addition to the friendly CSO ushers, staff and volunteers will be on hand to help ensure that you have a comfortable and safe experience.
  • After the performance, you are invited to meet the musicians and the storyteller before heading home. A postconcert document will be sent to you in the days following the concert, offering suggestions to continue exploring the music and the story at home.

Once Upon a Symphony is made possible in part by a generous gift from Susan and Richard Kiphart.

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