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Upcoming Events: Performances for Young Audiences

2015-2016 Season

  • Sep. 12 - Oct. 25, 2015

    in this site-specific theatrical adventure at the USBG's Conservatory, a botanist who has time traveled from the year 2041 needs your help in finding the mythic "Cerulean Time Capsule" in order to save the world! Age 7+.

  • Sep. 23 - Oct. 24, 2015

    In this world premiere musical at the USBG, a girl struggling with writing a nature-themed poem gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life in her room. Age 7+

  • Oct. 2 - 11, 2015

    A restless girl finds inspiration from her mom's old records to move to her own beat in this new dance work from Chicago's acclaimed Hubbard Street 2 in collaboration with the shadow puppeteers of Manual Cinema. Age 5+

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  • Sat., Oct. 17, 2015

    Calling all fiddle fanatics! From Bach to the blues, the spotlight is on the string instruments--the smallest and the largest--in this lively program presented by two zany NSO musicians, violinist Glenn Donnellan and bassist Rick Barber.

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  • Sun., Oct. 25, 2015

    All Hallows' Eve has arrived for Ichabod Crane! Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke leads all the ghoulishly attired orchestra members in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, his riveting reimagining of the classic ghost story.

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  • Oct. 30 - Nov. 8, 2015

    Two teenage best friends--one a writer, the other an athlete--use their unique gifts to rise above inner-city struggles in this world premiere play based on Walter Dean Myers's award-winning novel. Age 13+

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  • Nov. 25, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

    In this vaudevillian romp of a musical based on Mo Willems's children's books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, backed by nutty backup singers The Squirrelles. Age 3+

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  • Sat., Jan. 9, 2016

    If you love to tinker, you won't want to miss this high-energy concert, where we delight in dissecting the pieces and parts of music and instruments!

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  • Jan. 30 - Feb. 21, 2016

    A spunky girl on the streets of Rio masquerades as a boy to look for her mother, only to discover a new kind of family, in this world premiere musical inspired by Charles Dickens's classic novel and featuring original songs and music. Age 9+

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  • Sun., Feb. 28, 2016

    What would the classics sound like with a hip-hop beat? Join Grammy-nominated beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon and electric cellist/composer Wytold for a crash course in the fundamentals of remixing!

    On Sale 12/2/15

  • Mar. 12 - 13, 2016

    Ladies and gents, tots and teddy bears, step right up to this daring double act of classical fun! Bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green take a break from the NSO to introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written.

    On Sale 12/2/15

  • Apr. 1 - 3, 2016

    Seven performers on a tiny platform act out the Man of Steel's latest adventure at hilarious breakneck speed using only their bodies and voices to create every prop, scene, character, and sound effect in the story. Age 7+.

    On Sale 2/3/16

  • Apr. 23 - 24, 2016

    The courageous crew of the Pequod sets out to find a legendary whale in this inventive production featuring three actors who use their bodies, ever-switching hats, and a variety of musical instruments to create excitement and suspense. Age 7+

    On Sale 2/3/16

  • Sun., Apr. 24, 2016

    In this new program unlike any other NSO Family Concert, internationally acclaimed "speed painter" Dan Dunn joins the orchestra to turn your favorite music into amazing visual artwork in a matter of musical measures!

    On Sale 2/3/16

  • Sat., May 14, 2016

    Sometimes it's fun to look fancy, but did you know that you can make music sound fancy, too? Graphic artist Marie Cheek joins NSO violinist Marissa Regni onstage to help illustrate the idea of "decorating" your music in a unique, visual way.

    On Sale 2/3/16

  • May 20 - 22, 2016

    A brave Irish lass crosses snow-capped mountains and treacherous seas to unleash her true voice in this one-man show from storyteller Louis Lovett, who unfolds his mysterious crate of delights to lead audiences on an epic adventure. Age 7+

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All programs are subject to change.