Since 1995 the New Phil has presented family programming. Growing from one concert a year to three, our music directors, in house narrators, and local music educators have put together a unique format for these programs. These family programs often include special collaborative performances with a local children’s chorus and Boston Ballet School students performing excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, or other student related work – specially a narrated piece or child soloist(s). Our narrators help children explore what they are hearing, intermingled with interactive participation such as clapping rhythms, marching to a brass tune, or talking about dynamics, colors, instruments, etc. These concerts give children an opportunity to hear live music in a way that is accessible and fun. Our Family Concerts are always followed by our Instrument Petting Zoo where children of all ages are able to meet and try the instruments of the orchestra.
We have greatly missed the family concert format during the COVID pandemic but are looking forward to returning to it soon.
New Phil and Boston Ballet School (Newton) have collaborated with a performance of Let There Be Peace on Earth for many years during our annual Celebrations concert. We didn’t want to miss out on this year, due to COVID-19, so we hope you enjoy this virtual performance!