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The 2021-2022 BSO Season

Youth and Family Presentations

The Education and Community Engagement Department is pleased to offer Youth and Family Concerts as part of the 2021-22 BSO Season. Led by Thomas Wilkins, the BSO will perform a program entitled So Now What: A Musical Look at Anticipation, Expectation, and a New Certainty Toward the Fulfillment of Our Promise for school communities as part of our Youth Concert week in early May. The program will be reprised for two Family Concerts, one of which will be a sensory-friendly performance.

In addition to our BSO Family Concert, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras will be featured in two programs: Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with conductor Adrian Slywotsky, and a program of music and magic led by conductor Marta Żurad, featuring magician Matt Roberts.

  • Genevieve Lefevre

    Family Concert Peter and the Wolf

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)
    Federico Cortese, conductor
    Genevieve Lefevre, narrator


    PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf

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    Sat Nov 13, 2021 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • A young child smiles and looks up. They are surrounded by other children and an adult in the audience.

    Concert for Very Young People: "Circle Round" Edition

    Families are invited to attend this live taping of WBUR’s award-winning “Circle Round” podcast, which adapts folktales from around the world into radio plays starring beloved voices from the stage and screen.

    Host Rebecca Sheir will be joined on stage at the Linde Center for Music and Learning by a trio of BSO musicians (piccolo player Cindy Meyers, bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen, and horn player Rachel Childers), along with actors Karen Allen (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”), Megan Boone (“The Blacklist”), Scott Cohen (“Gilmore Girls”), Marielle Heller (“The Queen’s Gambit”), and Peter Riegert (“Crossing Delancey”), as they record three new "Circle Round" stories: “Treasure Mountain,” a tale from China about the true riches in life; “Lookalike Falls,” a legend from Mexico about wisdom, folly, and everything in between; and “The Bags of Seeds,” a Vietnamese origin story about how a very important grain first came to earth. The live taping will be released as three separate podcast episodes in the “Circle Round” feed and as a video-on-demand BSO NOW concert stream.

    Doors open at 10:30am.

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    Sat Nov 20, 2021 - 11:00am

    Linde Center for Music and Learning, Lenox/Stockbridge, MA

  • Full Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra on stage at Symphony Hall

    BSO/ BYSO Family Concert

    The BSO’s Family Concert Series provides engaging, age appropriate, educational orchestral concert experiences especially for children ages 3–8 and their families. BSO Family Concerts are designed to build connections to the orchestra, orchestral music, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Symphony Hall.

    To Life
    Young People’s String Orchestra and members of the Intensive Community Program
    Marta Żurad, conductor
    Matt Roberts, magician

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    Sat Apr 23, 2022 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Thomas Wilkins Conducting a Youth Concert

    So Now What: A Musical Look at Anticipation, Expectation, and a New Certainty Toward the Fulfillment of Our Promise

    The BSO’s Family Concert Series provides engaging, age appropriate, educational orchestral concert experiences especially for children ages 3–8 and their families. BSO Family Concerts are designed to build connections to the orchestra, orchestral music, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Symphony Hall. The BSO offers three Family Concert programs per year, one of which is performed by the BSO and conducted by Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins, the other two of which are performed by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) as part of a larger organizational partnership.

    The 10:00 concert is a sensory-friendly performance, designed for all families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. This is a full version of the Family Concert, with a flexible, non-judgmental environment. Modifications include relaxed house rules, reduced volume and lighting levels, extra space for movement, available noise-reduction headphones, a designated quiet room and support spaces, modified food concessions, and credentialed autism therapist volunteers on site.

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    Sat May 7, 2022 - 10:00am

    Sat May 7, 2022 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Conductor Thomas Wilkins holding his baton and smiling onstage.

    BSO Family Concert with Thomas Wilkins

    Family Concert
    Better Together: A Musical Look at Partnership, Teamwork & Community

    FALLA “Jota” from The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2
    GINASTERA “Malambo” from Estancia
    John WILLIAMS “Marion’s Theme” from Raiders of the Lost Arc
    John WILLIAMS “Flight to Neverland” from Hook
    STRAVINSKY “Infernal Dance” from Firebird Suite
    SHOSTAKOVICH Waltz from Ballet Suite No. 1
    BIZET Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2
    SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture

    At a BSO Tanglewood Family Concert, parents and children get an up-close, welcoming introduction to the musicians of the BSO. Audience members can enjoy the performance in the Koussevitzky Music Shed or listen while relaxing on the lawn.


    Gates open at 1:30pm

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    Sat Jul 23, 2022 - 2:30pm

    Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox/Stockbridge, MA

  • Circle Round with a live studio audience at the Linde Center, 2022

    Concert for Very Young People: "Circle Round" Edition

    Families are invited to attend a live taping of WBUR’s award-winning "Circle Round" podcast at Tanglewood!

    Host Rebecca Sheir and composer Eric Shimelonis will be joined on stage at Tanglewood's Linde Center for Music and Learning by a quartet of BSO musicians (piccolo player Cindy Meyers, bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen, horn player Rachel Childers, and double bassist Ben Levy), along with "Song Exploder" host Hrishikesh Hirway, Shakespeare & Co. founder Tina Packer, "Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!" panelists Josh Gondelman and Faith Salie, and actor William Christian, as they record three new "Circle Round" episodes: “Fighting Like Cats and Dogs," a Korean tale about the real reason cats and dogs often don’t get along; “Fair-Feathered Friends,” a Burmese legend about why the song thrush sings so colorfully but has such drab feathers; and “One Wish,” a story with Irish, Indian, and Jewish roots about a whole new way to make your dreams come true. The live taping will be released as three separate podcast episodes in the “Circle Round” feed.

    Doors open at 2:30pm

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    Sat Aug 27, 2022 - 3:00pm

    Linde Center for Music and Learning, Lenox/Stockbridge, MA

  • Performance of Peter and the Wolf

    Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)
    Adrian Slywotzsky, conductor
    Genevieve Lefevre, narrator

    PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf

    Genevieve Lefevre is an actor, musician, and writer from Boston, MA who graduated from Harvard College in 2020 with a degree in Theater, Dance & Media. Recent acting credits include The Golden Goose with The Rev Theatre, Vindicta and Simulations with Anawan Street Productions, and Thumbelina: A Little Musical with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). An original piece of hers, Wade, was featured in GRRL HAUS CINEMA’s Best of Animation as well. Genevieve is a 2015 BYSO alum (viola) and is thrilled to be able to collaborate with BYSO for a second year during the production of Peter and the Wolf.

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    Sat Nov 12, 2022 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Thomas Wilkins, dressed in all black, sits on the steps of the Symphony Hall stage and speaks to a large audience of young students

    Family Concert: Young at Heart: A Musical Look at Curiosity, Creativity and Courage

    From Beethoven to Carlos Simon, this family-friendly program explores the journeys of major composers who wrote groundbreaking works while they were young, and how today’s young composers are having the same significant impact.

    *The 10am concert is a sensory-friendly performance

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    Sat Apr 1, 2023 - 10:00am

    Sat Apr 1, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Children standing in a balcony at Symphony Hall posing and throwing their arms up in the air.

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)

    Bring the whole family to Symphony Hall for this fun and engaging concert series, designed to encourage an appreciation for live performance and orchestral music.

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)
    Marta Żurad, conductor
    Matt Roberts, magician
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    Sat Apr 15, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA