For over 100 years, the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra has performed fun and imaginative concerts for children in historic Orchestra Hall downtown. A cornerstone of the CSO’s offerings for young people today, Family Matinees showcase symphonic masterworks and incorporate theater, dance or multimedia to help deepen audience engagement with the music.
Perfect for families with children ages 5-12, concerts last approximately one hour. Additionally parents can access online resources to help prepare for the performance, including learning guides and custom playlists.
Pre-concert activities at Symphony Center are temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.
Count Gabby Rosenblum among the believers. A veteran music teacher in Oak Park Elementary School District No. 97, Rosenblum has brought third graders to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s school concerts for years. “In Chicago, there are so many great cultural opportunities, and having the opportunity to introduce my students to one — it’s wonderful,” she said.
The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has supported educators during remote learning by providing access to CSO Sessions — the CSO’s series of newly filmed chamber-music performances — and arranging online conversations between CSO musicians and students.