Sound Waves

May 11, 2024


Join guest conductor Tania Miller and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a concert that dives into the wonder and symbolism of water. Flow through majestic rivers, stormy seas and galactic ice as the musicians use sound to convey the source of life. 

Enrich your child's life and instill a lasting love of music with these one-of-a-kind concerts perfect for ages 5-12, featuring fun and engaging kid-friendly programs performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Prelude to Das Rheingold


Aquarium from The Carnival of the Animals


Symphony No. 1


Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty


The Hebrides Overture


Under Sea, Above Sky


The Moldau from Má vlast


Mars from The Planets


Suite from The Firebird


Plan Your Day Downtown

Make an afternoon of your visit to Symphony Center with this easy-to-use guide, including parking and dining deals and fun postconcert activities.

Pre- and postconcert activities at Symphony Center

From 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Family Matinee attendees have access to an array of free Orchestra Explorer Activities located on floors 1-5 of the Symphony Center Rotunda:

  • 1st floor – Attend a chamber ensemble performance and go on a building Scavenger Hunt
  • 2nd floor – Try out musical instruments at an instrument petting zoo
  • 3rd floor – Create your own rain stick instrument
  • 4th floor – Use your imagination to help us make an alien ocean mural
  • 5th floor – Conduct the Civic Orchestra Woodwind Quintet in a Mini-Maestros conducting activity, and learn about the importance of clean water from a Civic Orchestra musician

To access the Rotunda, enter Symphony Center at 67 E. Adams St. and walk straight back. From the Michigan Avenue lobby, walk down the Arcade Hallway to the right of the box office until you reach the Rotunda.

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Support for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association programming for children and families is provided by Abbott Fund, John D. and Leslie Henner Burns, John Hart and Carol Prins, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kinder Morgan, The Negaunee Foundation, PNC, Courtney Shea, Megan and Steve Shebik, Michael and Linda Simon, the Walter and Caroline Sueske Charitable Trust and an anonymous family foundation.