Family Programs

Family Programs are one of the many ways orchestras can connect with their community by introducing the orchestra in an exciting and engaging way. All the following programs serve several goals:

  1. Have Fun! Present quality and varied orchestral music in an accessible and relatable way
  2. Develop active listening skills
  3. Deepen relationships with community partners by involving them in the production if possible

Postcards Across America – This program will travel across the great American landscape. From the Appalachian Trial to the Pacific Ocean, we will discover the great outdoors of America. This concert can be paired with drone footage of each location.

Trekking Across Canada This program will travel across the great true north. From the great forests of B.C. to the Gaspé Bay, we will find what makes Canada so great! This concert can be paired with drone footage of each location and features Canadian folk tunes such as: La Bastringue, Vive la Canadienne, and An Emigrant’s Daughter.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Head down the rabbit hole with a musical re-telling of Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland. This show is a perfect opportunity to collaborate with local acting or musical theatre group. This show features music by Prokofiev and Franck.

Stories for Kids by Kids – This show is a great way to connect with kids in your community. A unique program is created around a story submitted by a kids in your community. This is a perfect opportunity for a partnership with a local dance, acting, or music theater company.

The Busy Beaver A musical re-telling of Nicholas Oldland’s book the Busy Beaver; a story of the busy but careless beaver who gnaws his way through forest. This book is paired with Tubby the Tuba.

Lost in Space – Stuck out in the middle of outer space, this program takes us on an adventure back to Earth. This show features music from Star Wars, Lost in Space, E.T., The Planets and more!

The Cat Came Back – A perfect opportunity to involve youth choruses from your community, this show highlights cute to they hysterical nature of cats. The show features the orchestra accompanying the National Film Board of Canada’s classic film The Cat Came Back.

Carnival of the Animals- Saint-Saëns timeless score Carnival of the Animals is paired with an introduction to the orchestra called Prelude to the Afternoon on a Farm.

Adventures on the High Seas Set out on an adventure to find lost treasures. We’ll dodge storms, learn a sea chanty, and encounter some Pirates! This show features music by Wagner, Bloch, and music from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Dinosaurs and Dragons Take a stroll through dark caves and dense jungles as we explore both mythic and historical creatures! This show features Morton Gould’s Jogger the Dinosaur as well a music from Jurassic Park, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Hobbit.

Go West! – Saddle up and get ready to head to the Wild, Wild West. This show features famous western tunes music by Grofe, Williams, Rossini and more.

Little Red Riding Hood – A symphonic re-telling of the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood paired with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

The Composer is Dead – A classic whodunit show with music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket to bring out the future detectives in your community! This show also features music from The Pink Panther, and Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King.

Cityscapes From freeways, skyscrapers, cathedrals, and opera houses, find out what make a bustling city bustle!

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