Once Upon a Symphony: Maybe Something Beautiful
Jan 8 - Feb 12, 2022
Mira, the heroine of the children's book "Maybe Something Beautiful"


What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the award-winning book by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, and illustrated by Rafael López, Maybe Something Beautiful proves that even the smallest artists can accomplish something big.

Once Upon a Symphony is a 45-minute multimedia and interactive concert presentation for 3-5 year-olds that weaves together live music, vivid storytelling, sets, costumes and images created by the Chicago Children's Theatre to create a unique and magical experience.

Note Location: Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center

Safe and Sound Updates for Once Upon a Symphony Attendees

Symphony Center is committed to ensuring a safe, clean and comfortable environment so audiences of all ages can experience the joy of live music. Here are some helpful tips for family audiences visiting Symphony Center:

  • Patrons 5 years of age and older are required to provide proof of full vaccination for entry.
  • Children younger than 5 years old must provide proof of a negative antigen test no more than three hours prior to entry.
  • All patrons ages 2 years old and up are required to wear a face mask.
  • Convenient parking with direct access to Symphony Center is located at the Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave., which offers special rates for patrons.
  • Flexible exchange and return policies are in place for this performance.
  • Learn more at cso.org/SafeAndSound

Featuring bilingual narration in English and Spanish, adapted and performed by Jasmin Cardenas.

Adapted by the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Children’s Theatre

From the book by MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael Lopez, published by Clarion Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Text copyright © 2016 by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Rafael López. Used by permission of the authors and illustrator. All rights reserved.

Produced and presented in collaboration with Chicago Children's Theatre
Chicago Children's Theater

Program to include excerpts from:
 Miguel del Águil

Quinteto Sinfónico

Jose Luis Hurtado

Son de la Bruja 

Astor Piazzolla, arr. Jeff Scott



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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is committed to creating a comfortable, enjoyable and safe environment.

For everyone’s comfort and safety, all patrons must wear a face mask throughout their visit.

Individuals are expected to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending a CSOA event. Patrons who are not feeling well, are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or have had or been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 10 days should contact Patron Services for flexible exchange and refund options.

Visit cso.org/SafeAndSound for the most recent information. Ticket holders receive specific instructions for entry ahead of each performance. Please note, other venues in Chicago may have policies that differ from Symphony Center.

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