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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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    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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    Nov 20, 2021 - 11:00am

    Linde Center for Music and Learning, Lenox, 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.

    Petit Ensemble
    Marta Żurad, conductor
    Matt Roberts, magician

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    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.

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    May 7, 2022 - 10:00am

    May 7, 2022 - 12:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA