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San Francisco Symphony's 2017–18 Music for Families series kicks off December 2, at Davies Symphony Hall

November 17, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / November 17, 2017  
 

(High resolution images of Music for Families are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)


THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2017–2018 MUSIC FOR FAMILIES SERIES, FEATURING FOUR CONCERTS OF MUSICAL DISCOVERY DECEMBER 2, FEBRUARY 3, APRIL 28, AND MAY 19 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Season opens on December 2 with Stringing It All Together: The Elements of Music-Making

All concerts feature an array of lobby activities before, during, and after the performances, including coloring stations, instrument petting zoos, photo stations, piano mats, and more

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS) 2017–18 Music for Families series, designed to introduce children and their parents to the wonders of live orchestral music, kicks off Saturday, December 2 with Stringing It All Together: The Elements of Music-Making. Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser leads the SFS in exploring the building blocks of music: pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics. The musical selections of the evening feature an eclectic mix of styles and genres, chosen to illustrate that all music, no matter how complicated it may sound, can be broken down into these five basic building blocks. The program includes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor, Prokofiev’s March from The Love for Three Oranges, Bartholomew-Poyser’s arrangement of Bob Marley’s Is this Love, Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” from Girl Crazy featuring soprano Ann Moss, and more. The concert’s short musical excerpts—perfectly sized for growing music lovers—are accompanied throughout the concert by visuals and interactive activities with the conductor and musicians.  

Prior to each concert, families receive a free downloadable activity guide to enhance musical discovery at home, both before and after the live concert. An hour before each performance families are invited to explore an array of activities through the Davies Symphony Hall lobbies, including instrument petting zoos, where families can get an up-close look at the instruments they see on stage; a conductor photo station where children can strike a pose as the maestro of the Symphony; piano mats where families can compose their own tunes by hopping from one key to the next; coloring stations where children can unleash their inner artist with music-themed drawings, and much more.

Music for Families performances continue this season on Saturday, February 3 with Music Around the World: Asia, in which Resident Conductor Christian Reif leads the SFS in exploring the unique sounds of Asian musical traditions, including Chinese folksongs and Indonesian percussion. On April 28, Reif and the SFS present Work Hard, Play Hard: The Life of Composers and Conductors, which gives a glimpse into the diverse backgrounds and creative lives of great American composers and conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and others.  The 2017–18 Music for Families series wraps up on May 19 with an exciting program titled The Bold and the Brave, which explores what happens when composers think outside the box to create music with completely new and surprising sounds. The concert features Christian Reif conducting the SFS in works by Haydn, Stravinsky, and John Cage, and gives the audience an opportunity to help the orchestra create a brand-new musical spectacle together.

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