Music For Families with the San Francisco Symphony

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Bring your family to hear the San Francisco Symphony in kid-sized classical concerts designed for families—great music, fascinating musical discoveries, and priceless memories. Music for Families concerts are engaging and fun, a great way to pass the Symphony magic from one generation to the next.
Ticketholders will receive a free concert guide to enhance music appreciation at home.

The Four Elements of Music: Composer, Conductor, Musician and You!

This exciting concert examines each of these four elements and the ways they depend upon each other for success. Meet composer Nathaniel Stookey and hear one of his most famous pieces—The Composer is Dead—a musical setting of a fun mystery story written by acclaimed author Lemony Snicket.

Recommended for ages 7 and older. Half price for ages 17 and under. Group discount not available.


Donato Cabrera


Nathaniel Stookey


Annie Wu


San Francisco Symphony



Excerpt from Overture to Barber of Seville


First Movement from Symphony No. 5


Excerpt from Third Movement from Concerto for Flute


The Thunderer March


Finale from Symphony No. 7

Nathaniel Stookey

The Composer is Dead

Concert Length: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Watch a Video

Composer and narrator Nathaniel Stookey, and author Lemony Snicket discuss The Composer is Dead with excerpts from a performance:

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  1. Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 2:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall Add to iCalendar

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Pre- and post-show Events

Meet Nathaniel Stookey, composer of “The Composer is Dead,” at a book signing in the Symphony Store following the concert.