If the soundtracks from “Trolls” and “Sing” have been on repeat for months in your house, you’re probably ready to change the tune. So how about something with a little more classical flair? The Bay Area is home to some incredible orchestras and symphonies. And many offer up special concerts and programs just for families. Read on for all-ages fun that’ll be music to your ears!
Photo Courtesy: Melissa Bouse
San Francisco Symphony
The beloved San Francisco Symphony is offering up a variety of family-friendly shows this summer. First up is the music of John Williams, one of Hollywood’s most epic film score composers. You’ll recognize the orchestra’s take on his songs from “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “Harry Potter.” In mid-July, the Symphony will perform popular songs from Disney’s Pixar movies. And the best part is, some tickets are half price for kids. Be sure to check their calendar for more details.
201 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, Ca
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
The price is right for these concerts featuring professional and youth musicians. They put on free shows throughout the summer all over the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Palo Alto and Vallejo. Keep an eye on their website as summer concert dates and locations are usually posted in July.
Photo Courtesy: Oakland Youth Symphony
Celebrate Independence Day Eve with a special performance, Monday, July 3rd. This family-friendly show will include sing-alongs, Sousa marches, and music from popular movies, all led by the orchestra. And of course, it will all end with a bang! Fireworks will follow the festivities around 9 pm.
The Oakland Symphony also hosts a variety of community events throughout Oakland. Check out their calendar for dates and locations. You won’t want to miss their ever-popular instrument petting zoo!
1440 Broadway, Suite 405
Marin Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic music comes alive for families through the Marin Symphony’s Youth Orchestra, which hosts family-friendly and holiday concerts with an up-front view of all the action onstage.
4340 Redwood Hwy
San Rafael, Ca
Photo Courtesy: Peninsula Symphony Orchestra
Peninsula Symphony Orchestra
Each spring, this Orchestra puts on a special family concert in San Mateo. Children get in free as part of their Bridges to Music program. Accompanying adults are just $10. The program gives kids the opportunity not only to hear amazing music, but also to get up close and personal with the instruments afterwards. Details will be announced this fall.
146 Main St #102
Los Altos, Ca
California Youth Symphony
This group truly provides something for everyone: young conductors and musicians get the invaluable practice of playing for live audiences, while you and your family will be treated to some world class talent. Stay tuned for their 2017– 2018 season line-up of youth concerts.
441 California Ave # 5
Palo Alto, Ca
Symphony Silicon Valley
What was once the San Jose Symphony has been reinvented and now offers the area an exciting array of performances. The Movies in Concert series is especially popular with families. This past season they performed music from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” The symphony also offers free matinee performances to area schools during the school year. They’ll even pick up the tab for bussing.
325 South First St.
San Jose, Ca
Have your kids enjoyed any classical concerts? Tell us about it in the comments below!
–Melissa Bouse and Mae Respicio