Sound All Around
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.
The Sound All Around Series for the 2017-18 season will be announced later in the summer. Please check back for more details.
Explore the string family of instruments through sight and sound! Richard Harlow, one of The Philadelphia Orchestra's talented cellists, returns to act as a guide into the world of the string family in this special free community event.
The concert will be 45 minutes long and is a great way to have fun with music. This special community performance is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.