Sensory-Friendly Performance


Sensory-Friendly Performance
Once Upon a Time... Stories at the Symphony

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Saturday, June 1, 11am

Seating Note:  If you do not see enough seats for your party online, or if you have additional seating requests, please call SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200.

The Boston Pops is pleased to offer this first time sensory-friendly concert, designed for all families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. The flexible, non-judgemental environment is also suitable for those seeking more freedom to talk and move during the performance. In addition to musical selections from John Williams, the program includes The Composer is Dead, music by Nathaniel Stookey with text by Lemony Snicket – a madcap whodunnit where an inspector must sift through an entire orchestra of suspicious instruments to solve the crime. The following modifications will help to create a welcoming environment at Symphony Hall:

  • reduced volume and lighting levels
  • relaxed house rules
  • minimal crowds to allow for movement
  • available noise-reduction headphones
  • designated quiet room and support spaces
  • modified food concessions
  • credentialed autism therapist volunteers on site
  • For this concert only, Boston Pops will relax its normal policy and honor credits to those who need to cancel or leave the concert early in the program.

Plan for your trip to Symphony Hall

Complete details on what to expect at the concert are available in the Sensory Friendly Program Guide (PDF)

Run time: Approximately 75 minutes with no intermission 

Arrival time: The lobby will open at 10:00 AM and the concert begins at 11:00 AM. 

Parking and Directions: There are several garages close to Symphony Hall. Click here to find a list of nearby garages.  Click here for directions to Symphony Hall. 

Pre-concert activities: Before the concert, join us in the lobby to try out instruments, color, or read the stories on the program.

Pre-Visit Materials

Complete details on what to expect at the concert will be available in the Sensory Friendly Program Guide (coming soon!)


Special thanks to the TDF National Autism Friendly Performance Training Program for serving as an advisor, 

We are deeply grateful for the support of our local advisors: Asperger Autism Network of New EnglandJuvo Autism + Behavioral Health ServicesAutism Speaks New England, and our wonderful volunteers! 

You can purchase your tickets online here or by calling SymphonyCharge at (617) 266-1200 or (888) 266-1200 to purchase your tickets.  For additional questions or concerns, please contact the Education & Community Engagement at or call (617) 638-9375.