Sensory-Friendly Concerts

Sensory-friendly concertgoers

Sensory-friendly concerts are designed for all families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. The flexible, non-judgmental environment is also suitable for all those seeking more freedom to talk and move during the performance.

Modifications for these concerts include:

  • Relaxed house rules
  • Reduced volume and lighting levels
  • Extra space for movement
  • Available noise-reduction headphones
  • Designated quiet room and support spaces
  • Credentialed autism therapist volunteers on site

Upcoming sensory-friendly performances:


Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10:30am

Symphony Hall — Higginson Room (This performance will not be in the main hall space)
BSO Concert for Very Young People

Introduce your little ones to song and sound through the musical retelling of The Little Red Hen performed by a trio of Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians. The concert is in the Higginson Room at Symphony Hall and will be performed by a trio of BSO musicians. This concert is geared for families with children from ages 2-5 and will have sensory-friendly accommodations in place for those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, however, this concert is welcoming to all! See our pre-visit guides below for the Social Narrative.

Tickets are FREE, but must be reserved ahead of time by calling Symphony Charge at 617-266-1200.

The concert day will include:

9:30am: Doors open for pre-concert activity hour with coloring and a small instrument playground of the violin and cello.

10:30am: Concert is an hour long. The concert will take place in our Higginson room at Symphony Hall, NOT onstage. This is due to the smaller ensemble and intimate nature of this concert, a smaller room. Families will be able to step out of the performance room if needed.

11:30am: Event concludes


Saturday, March 14 at 12noon

Boston Symphony Orchestra Thomas Wilkins, conductor
BSO Family Concert

Come here the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform excerpts from orchestral classics in a welcoming and inclusive setting! The concert length will last for one hour and is designed for children ages 3-8 and will have sensory-friendly accommodations in place for those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, however, this concert is welcoming to all!

The Family Concert led by Conductor Thomas Wilkins, Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Programs and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert conductor, who will present a program titled "The Beautiful Sounds of Friendship – A Musical Look at Connectivity and Belong.”

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Dance of the Tumblers, from The Snow Maiden
MUSSORGSKY (orch. RAVEL) Excerpts from Pictures at an Exhibition
SHOSTAKOVICH II. Allegro, from Symphony No. 10
BARTÓK II. Game of couples, from Concerto for Orchestra
Huang RUO The girl from the da ban city
Roberto SIERRA I. Tumbao, from Sinfonia No. 3, La Salsa
BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

Tickets are $20 and kids under 18 attend for FREE! You can reserve your tickets by clicking here or by 617-266-1200.

The concert day will include:

11am: Doors for the concert will open. Due to the changeover from the 10am BSO Family Concert, there will be no pre-concert activity hour, however, there will be tables set up throughout the hall for coloring activities.

12pm: BSO Family Concert – this concert will take place in the main hall, however, there will be raked rows of seating on the orchestra floor (rather than the Pops flat floor and table set up).

1pm: Post-show Instrument Playground

Plan for your trip to Symphony Hall

Run time: Sensory-friendly performances last for approximately 1 hour with no intermission
Arrival time: The lobby will open one hour prior to performance time
Parking and Directions: There are several garages close to Symphony Hall. Click here for information about nearby garages and for directions.

Prepare for the concert and your trip to Symphony Hall with our pre-visit guides

Concert for Very Young People Social Narrative PDF

FAQs for Sensory-Friendly Performances PDF

Family Concert Social Narrative Coming Soon!