Once Upon a Symphony: Maybe Something Beautiful
Jan 8 - Feb 12, 2022
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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. 

This performance takes place in Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center and features bilingual narration in English and Spanish. English and Spanish editions of the books are published by Clarion Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.


Maybe Something Beautiful

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


Saturday, January 8, 2022
10:00 AM
Saturday, January 8, 2022
11:45 AM
Saturday, February 12, 2022
10:00 AM
Saturday, February 12, 2022
11:45 AM

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has joined a growing coalition of performing arts organizations across the Chicago area in adopting safety protocols to ensure your visit to Symphony Center is safe and sound.

These protocols include providing proof of vaccination or a negative test upon entry and wearing face masks. Guidelines will be reviewed regularly to follow the latest public health recommendations. Visit cso.org/safeandsound for the most recent information. Ticket holders will receive specific instructions for entry in advance of the performance.

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