Family Matinees

For over 100 years, the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra has performed fun and imaginative concerts for children at Symphony Center. A cornerstone of the CSO’s offerings for young people today, Once Upon a Symphony and Family Matinees showcase symphonic masterworks and incorporate theater, dance or multimedia to help deepen audience engagement with the music.


Upcoming concerts
Once Upon a Symphony: Jack and the Beanstalk
Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum! Climb up the beanstalk in this unforgettable version of the fairy tale that emphasizes Jack’s creativity and persistence.
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Family Matinee: Philharmonia Fantastique - The Making of the Orchestra
This virtuosic concerto for orchestra and animated film zooms inside orchestral instruments to discover how sound is made.
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Children’s concerts help to spark a lifelong appreciation of music
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.
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CSO musicians connect with students through virtual conversations
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.
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Yo-Yo Ma celebrates Music in Our Schools Month
Yo-Yo Ma celebrates Music in Our Schools Month
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