Tanglewood for Kids - Week 2

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Tanglewood for Kids - Week 2

Welcome to Tanglewood for Kids!

Each Sunday afternoon, we invite kids and their families to enjoy the sights and sounds of Tanglewood from the comfort of home. To make the experience even more fun, we’ve included activities, crafts, recipes and videos – all created just for you! – that you can explore while you’re listening to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


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This week, you can learn more about composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Dmitri Shostakovich through games and reading; make your own smartphone speaker to hear the music more clearly; enjoy a personal performance by BSO Principal Trumpet, Thomas Rolfs, and Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart; color a scene from the Tanglewood grounds; and make fun desserts with recipes from our friends at Creative Gourmet!

Activity Sheets

Download this week's activity sheets to learn more about Sunday afternoon's BSO Encore Performaces at Tanglewood concert!

Week 2: Beethoven and Shostakovich

Here’s a list of materials that you might want to collect before Sunday, depending on the activity that you choose:

DIY Smartphone Speaker:

  • Cardboard Roll (Toilet paper or Paper towel roll)
  • Paper or plastic cup
  • Scissors (Use Adult Supervision)
  • Pencil
  • Duct or painter’s tape
  • Markers, washi tape, and stickers



Family Friendly Recipes

Try these fun recipes to celebrate July 4th!

Crescendo Krispies

Microphone Cake Pops


Watch and Play!

The Boston Pops premiered Trumpeter’s Lullaby at Spring Pops in 1950. Composer Leroy Anderson described its origins backstage at Symphony Hall, where he was talking after a concert with conductor Arthur Fiedler and principal trumpet Roger Voisin. Voisin suggested Anderson write him a solo different from most brash trumpet pieces, and Anderson said, “it occurred to me that I had never heard a lullaby for trumpet, so I set out to write one.”

Best known for the holiday classic, Sleigh Ride, written during a heatwave in July of 1946, Leroy Anderson became the mid-century master of delightful miniature compositions, which are still beloved today for their intelligent, entertaining musicality. As John Williams has said, “When we think of the Pops we think of Leroy Anderson. We think of his light music, which fit the orchestra and fit the mood of Fiedler’s concerts and was done with such skill.”

A Massachusetts native, Anderson first came to the attention of Arthur Fiedler in the mid 1930s while director of the Harvard Band, and with Fiedler’s encouragement, many of his early compositions were premiered by the Boston Pops. Anderson went on to a successful composing and conducting career, recording his own compositions on Decca for over a decade, while maintaining a special relationship with his hometown orchestra.

Thomas Rolfs, Principal Trumpet, Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner chair, endowed in perpetuity
Keith Lockhart, piano


Coloring Book Pages

Download and color the Tanglewood images!

Lawn Picnic coloring bookDraw Your Own Picnic on the Lawn!

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