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These Symphony-commissioned feature articles offer insights into the music you'll hear in the concert hall. We hope you'll find them provocative and entertaining.

Jun 2, 2017

San Francisco Symphony's Music for Familiesis more than a concert series


Left photo by Brandon Patoc. Right photo by Stefan Cohen


The SF Symphony’s Music for Families is more than a concert series. We’ve worked to craft an experience for you and your family, designed to introduce children and their parents to live orchestral music in fun and engaging ways. Part performance and part family outing, the series consists of interactive matinee children’s concerts paired with pre-concert activities in the Davies Symphony Hall lobbies.


Photo by Brandon Patoc


When you and your family purchase tickets to a MFF concert, you’ll receive a link to download a variety of fun activities that can be done at home together to prepare for the concert. Families can gather together to become familiar with the music and concepts behind the upcoming performance through coloring activities, puzzles, and other fun educational materials.


Photo by Brandon Patoc


The performance starts at 2 p.m., but make sure to arrive early to take in the excitement of our pre-concert lobby activities! With an instrument petting zoo where children are able to touch and play with the orchestral instruments, coloring stations, photo stations, musical piano mats, and more, there’s something for kids with a variety of interests.

Photo by Stefan Cohen


When the concert begins, the interactive fun continues. Our musicians and conductor perform fast paced and engaging programs, explaining the music they’re performing and what it means as they go. With a variety of topics covered throughout the season, each MFF performance focuses on a key concept to captivate your family and teach them new musical concepts.

Photos by Stefan Cohen


Join us June 3 for Music for Families: Music to Your Feet, featuring a cornucopia of invigorating tunes from celebrated composers—from the enthralling music of storybook classics and beloved films to the dazzling golden-era of jazz and the lively music of Spain. With dancers and musicians on one stage, the concert inspires young audiences and their families to experience movement and music as the performers bring the complexity and physicality of the music to life.

The next Music for Families: Music to Your Feet is Saturday June 3 at 2 p.m. Kids tickets start at just $13.50 and Adult tickets start at $27.

Click here for tickets!

Photo by Stefan Cohen