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Discovery Concerts

Listen, laugh & learn at these family-friendly events

AGES 4–8

The opportunity to experience a live symphony is so special to our family. One son just started trumpet – a DIRECT result of the petting zoo. My other son has a few years before school band begins, but he’s already decided on the French horn!

– Jen Segal, Parent

Treat your family to an unforgettable afternoon out with classical concerts conducted for children of all ages. These 50-minute performances are designed to inspire kids’ curiosity with an additional hour of pre-concert opportunities to connect with the stars on the stage. Professional musicians will will let your children get a feel for the tools of their trade in our Instrument Petting Zoo. And even peewee peformers can shine as the day’s conductor guides their live-orchestra performance as the PSO’s latest Podium Hero. For only $10 a ticket, it’s the fun, affordable way to spark your kids’ lifelong interest in the magic of live symphony music.

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The Instrument Petting Zoo

This is an opportunity for children to touch, play and hear instruments with demonstrations by real professional PSO musicians. About 600 people experience the petting zoo during each of the three Discovery Concerts per season. What instruments? Violin, Viola, Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpets, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Harp, and assorted Percussion instruments.

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Podium Hero

Ever wondered what it would be like to conduct your own symphony orchestra? Find out at this pre-concert event that features two real PSO musicians along with the conductor! Children will learn how to use a baton and beat a pattern that the musicians will allow.

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ECKART PREU

Meet the PSO’s 2018-2019 Music Director Designate

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MOZART WITH KAHANE

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and piano

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THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS

The Tradition Returns

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