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Sensory-Friendly PerformanceBSO Family Concerts‘The Beautiful Sounds of Friendship’ (A Musical Look at Connectivity and Belonging)

Sensory-Friendly Performance
BSO Family Concerts
‘The Beautiful Sounds of Friendship’
(A Musical Look at Connectivity and Belonging)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

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The BSO’s Family Concert Series provides engaging, age appropriate, educational orchestral concert experiences especially for children ages 3–8 and their families. This sensory-friendly concert, designed for all families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities, has a flexible, non-judgmental environment that is also suitable for those seeking more freedom to talk and move during the performance.

The following modifications will help to create a welcoming environment at Symphony Hall:

  • reduced volume and lighting levels
  • relaxed house rules that allow for more movement
  • available noise-reduction headphones
  • designated quiet room and support spaces
  • modified food concessions
  • credentialed autism therapist volunteers on site
  • For this concert only, the BSO will relax its normal policy and honor credits to those who need to cancel or leave the concert early in the program.
  • Following the performance, there will be a post-concert Instrument Playground of string instruments
  • Please check back here for the Social Narrative or if you’ve purchased tickets for this performance, we will send a copy to your email


Doors open at 11am. 

 

 

Featured Performers

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Thomas Wilkins, conductor View biography in full page >

Thomas Wilkins is Music Director of the Omaha Symphony; a position he has held since 2005.  Additionally, he is Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony’s Artistic Advisor, Education, and Community Engagement, and Indiana University’s Henry A. Upper Chair of Orchestral Conducting established by the late Barbara and David Jacobs as a part of that University’s “Matching the Promise Campaign.”  Past positions have included resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony and Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay) and associate conductor of the Richmond (VA) Symphony.  He also has served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. 
 
Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Thomas Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages.  He is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences.  Following his highly successful first season with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Globe named him among the “Best People and Ideas of 2011.”  In 2014, Wilkins received the prestigious “Outstanding Artist” award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards, for his significant contribution to music in the state while in 2018 Thomas Wilkins received the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society conferred by Boston’s Longy School of Music.  And in 2019 the Virginia Symphony bestowed Thomas Wilkins with their annual Dreamer Award.
 
During his conducting career, he has led orchestras throughout the United States, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony and the National Symphony—all of which he will return to guest conduct in 2019.  Additionally, he has guest conducted the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Symphonies of Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, San Diego, and Utah, and the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonics, as well as at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.
 
His commitment to community has been demonstrated by his participation on several boards of directors, including the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Charles Drew Health Center (Omaha), the Center Against Spouse Abuse in Tampa Bay, and the Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Academy Preparatory Center both in St. Petersburg, FL. Currently, he serves as chairman of the board for the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund and as national ambassador for the non-profit World Pediatric Project headquartered in Richmond, VA, which provides children throughout Central America and the Caribbean with critical surgical and diagnostic care.
 
A native of Norfolk, VA, Thomas Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.  He and his wife Sheri-Lee, are the proud parents of twin daughters, Erica and Nicole.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor