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The SF Symphony announces its 2015-16 Music for Families series, featuring four concerts of musical discovery December 5, February 6, March 5, and April 30

November 5, 2015

   

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / November 5, 2015


THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES ITS 2015-2016 MUSIC FOR FAMILIES SERIES, FEATURING FOUR CONCERTS OF MUSICAL DISCOVERY DECEMBER 5, FEBRUARY 6, MARCH 5, AND APRIL 30

New partnership with San Francisco’s Exploratorium offers both interactive lobby activities and on-stage experiments demonstrating principles of sound

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 5, 2015) – The San Francisco Symphony has announced its 2015-16 Music for Families series, designed to be educational, engaging, and fun for children and their families. In a new partnership this year, San Francisco science museum, the Exploratorium, curates interactive lobby exhibits and provides on-stage demonstrations which illuminate principles of sound such as vibration, pitch, and amplification. The themes of this season’s four concerts are “How do Instruments Work” (December 5, 2015), “How is Music Put Together” (February 6, 2016), “How is Music Used” (March 5, 2016 - no Exploratorium participation) and “How Does Music Make You Feel” (April 30, 2016).

Music for Families concerts introduce audiences to great symphonic music through a fun and engaging format that includes demonstrations from the stage, informational talks, and other activities along with the performance of great music. This season’s demonstrations, in collaboration with the Exploratorium, will include straw “reeds” which change pitch according to their length; wine glasses which change pitch according to amount of water in the glass; and the emotional effects of unconventional instruments. Lobby activities include playing giant tuning forks to feel how their vibrations resonate through the skull and body; cardboard tubes of different lengths which produce different frequencies/pitches; and “Talk to the Wok”—hearing the natural amplification effect of this parabolic shape.

“We are excited to team up with the Exploratorium this season, as one of the World’s most knowledgeable institutions on hands-on, interactive learning,” says Ron Gallman, Director of Education at the San Francisco Symphony. “We are fully aware of the importance of STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in today’s world, and look forward to presenting a scientific component to our audiences, along with the discovery of great symphonic music.”

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