Nurture your child’s passion for music! Sound All Around is a great introduction for youngsters and features members of the Orchestra and award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. We are passionate about highlighting amazing artists and providing children the opportunity to listen to stories with music, sing songs, move to the music, pretend to play an instrument, and examine real instruments up close.
Each concert introduces the audience to a member of the string, woodwind, brass, or percussion family, and the final concert features all of the musicians from the season playing together in an ensemble. Concerts are 45 minutes long and a great way for kids, families, daycares, and school groups to have fun with music.Named Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly® 2014–Best Music for Kids Program, Sound All Around performances take place in Center City Philadelphia at the historic Academy of Music.
This season, we specifically welcome children with sensory sensitivities and their families to our relaxed sensory friendly Saturday performances. Our aim is to create a safe and accepting environment where children, including those on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities, and their families can experience live music together. “I’m thrilled to see The Philadelphia Orchestra welcoming children and families who often do not have the opportunities to experience and enjoy the arts in a public and community space,” said Roger Ideishi, program director for Temple University’s College of Public Health Program in Occupational Therapy. “This initiative demonstrates The Philadelphia Orchestra's commitment to providing music enrichment for ALL children and families regardless of ability level.”
The Sound All Around concert series is presented by PNC Grow Up Great and is endowed in perpetuity by the Garrison Family Fund for Children's Concerts.
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Saturday 10:00 AM
Saturday 11:15 AM
Monday 10:00 AM
Monday 11:15 AM
Explore the string family of instruments through sight and sound! Can you guess which instruments are part of the string family? This family includes violin, viola, cello, and double bass, as well as the harp, guitar, ukulele, and even keyboard instruments. Sound is created on these instruments through the vibration of the strings when they are bowed, plucked, or strummed.
Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and feel the music of the percussion family! Percussion instruments are the oldest and largest instrument family. Mallet instruments, like the xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba, and vibraphone, as well as chimes, cymbals, the triangle, and of course drums, like the bass and snare come together to make up this unique family. Sound is produced on most percussion instruments by striking or shaking the instrument.
Take a deep breath and get ready to learn all about flutes and reeds! The woodwind family which got its name from instruments originally made of wood, includes the flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon. Though usually not part of an orchestra, this family also includes the saxophone. So how do these instruments work? Flutes produce sound when the air blown into the instrument vibrates, while the vibration of the reed produces sound for reed instruments. Elizabeth Masoudnia, the featured musician in this program, plays the English horn.
Have you ever tried to make the sound a bee makes? This program features the brass family, which includes the trumpet, trombone, horn, and tuba. Brass players produce sound by buzzing their lips into the instrument's mouthpiece. Each brass instrument only has a few valves or slide positions so different pitches are created by changing the speed of buzzing, the focus of the airstream, or the height of the tongue.
Instruments on their own are exciting and unique. From strings to percussion, to winds, and brass, each family has its own sound. Find out what happens when we put them all together in one performance! The Sound All Around Ensemble concert brings each of the instrument families into a fun and interactive space with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.