Symphony Squad!: Family Concert Series Launches New Program

This new club launches on October 30 at our first Family Concert of the season – The Phantoms of the Orchestra – where your child will pick up their own Symphony Squad membership card. At each family concert, Symphony Squad members will receive FREE themed giveaways and FREE access to exclusive programming only for Symphony Squad members! Our squad goals are to create an opportunity to participate in positive outlets that strengthen family bonds and foster communication – Taylor Swift has nothing on us!


While everyone will have a chance to participate in our Halloween arts and crafts, photo booth, and Instrument Petting Zoo at The Phantoms of the Orchestra, ONLY Symphony Squad members will be allowed into our Monster MashUp Dance Party and entered to win a special prize. Join our squad by subscribing to our Family Concert Series now!


Trumpets, and Flutes, and Cellos, Oh My! Come visit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo!

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes audience members of all ages (beginning with preschoolers and early elementary school students and older) with their Family Concerts series, which features four concerts targeted for the entire family to enjoy together. This series is set apart by all of its pre-concert festivities. For example, The Phantoms of the Orchestra will have a photo booth and a Halloween art-making before the concert. One of the most beloved and interactive events before each concert series, though, is the Instrument “Petting Zoo.”


There are flutes, violins, and cellos (Oh My!) for children to touch and learn how to hold, bringing the symphony to life for them. This is a tradition of all Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Family concerts. Children can hold a flute, like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s very own Christina Smith or Todd Skitch; or practice bowing a cello like Christopher Rex or Karen Freer. Children may even be able to buzz on a trumpet, like Stuart Stephenson! Don’t worry, Mom and Dad, there are volunteers who assist with each instrument, so children can begin to learn how to hold the instruments just like they can see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s members hold and play theirs.

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Families have grown increasingly aware of the importance of music in the development of their children. Learning about music can improve motor skills, language skills, social skills, and computer skills, among many others in children, beginning at a very young age.  On Sunday afternoons, it’s nice to have an opportunity to participate in positive outlets that strengthen family bonds and foster communication.  Don’t want to miss your chance to participate in all this fun and excitement? You can purchase the whole series today, or you can still purchase your tickets for the opening concert, The Phantoms of the Orchestra. Check out what happened last year as Hijinks ensued at the annual Halloween concert and what to look forward to this year in our previous blog post.


Thank you to Jeff Roffman Photography for images used in this post.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents Phantoms of the Orchestra on October 30, 2016

Atlanta Symphony Hall has been invaded by ghosts! Who can we call for help?! This year, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra needs your help in putting the Phantoms of the Orchestra to rest.  As the Atlanta Symphony Hall is now haunted, we invite you to join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor, Joseph Young, on a Halloween adventure with the Magic Circle Mime Company as they lead the ghoulish orchestra in a concert just for families.  The Orchestra will perform music from Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor among many other selections. Also, this year, our costume contest continues!


We encourage every member of the family to participate. We had some family-themed costumes last year, which entertained us all. Come enjoy an afternoon together filled with mostly treats, but Maestro Young does have a few tricks up his sleeve.  There will be activities for the whole family, including the return of the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, Halloween-themed Art Making, and a Halloween Photo Booth designed to light up those jack-o-lantern smiles. Boys and ghouls of all ages are invited to come enjoy this hour-long concert to celebrate this Halloween season. For more information or to buy tickets, please click here.


Last year, Halloween Hijinx ensued when families attended this kid-friendly concert to help Assistant Conductor Joseph Young pick out his Halloween costume.  Along the way, kids enjoyed an instrument petting zoo, costume contest and wonderful music provided by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who dressed up in costumes too!


Thank you to Jeff Roffman Photography for all photography used in this post.


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