Family Concerts 2017-18

Get ready for adventure! Our Family Concert Series, led by Associate Conductor Sameer Patel, shows adults and kids alike the thrilling heart of classical music that can tell stories, transport us to different worlds, put us in the middle of dramatic events and express the true meaning of the holiday season.

Pre-concert activities begin at 1:00 p.m. in the lobbies. Try your hand at playing an instrument in the Instrument Discovery Zone, meet one of the San Diego Symphony's musicians and listen to a young ensemble perform!

This series has now begun; subscriptions are not longer available.


Season Calendar

Adult tickets (ages 13 and up) are $25; for all children ages 3 to 12 tickets are $10. Children ages two years and younger may attend for free, but must sit in an adult's lap.

SUN OCT 15  |  2pm

1001 Symphonic Tales

Sameer Patel, conductor

KIDS ARE FREE! Every story is better with music! Come dive into the wonder of Rimsky-Korsakov’s adventure-filled masterpiece Scheherazade and discover how a composer can conjure exotic worlds using just a few magical musical seeds. The San Diego Symphony is part of the “Kids Free” program during the month of October. Please call Ticket Services at 619-235-0804 to reserve free tickets for children age 12 and under. Adult tickets are $25.

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SUN DEC 17  |  2pm

Noel Noel—A Family Concert

Sameer Patel, conductor

Who doesn’t love holiday music? Gathering together as a family, listening to timeless classics and singing along to your favorite carols is a traditional everyone enjoys!  In one short afternoon concert, you’ll see and hear the Symphony, and maybe even a certain jolly North Pole resident!

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SUN FEB 25  |  2pm

Beat Quest! A Music Journey through Rhythm, Time and Place

Sameer Patel, conductor

Music is a passport that can take our imagination to a certain time and place. From swingin’ jazz, to the Habanera from Carmen to Beethoven’s symphonies, we’ll explore how these beats came to be, and how distinctive rhythms transport us to cities like Vienna, Seville and New Orleans. All aboard!

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SUN MAR 18  |  2pm

Tchaikovsky Deconstructed:
The Inspiration Behind the Famous 1812 Overture

Sameer Patel, conductor

Melodies. Cannons. Fireworks. Lots of people recognize the famous 1812 Overture, but few know the story behind it. What inspired Tchaikovsky to write this piece? With the help of actors from San Diego Junior Theatre, we’ll look at the creative process, take this piece apart and put it back together to discover how this Russian composer built a masterpiece for all time.

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Other Film Concerts Your Family Will Love

Note: Special family pricing does not apply to these concerts.

SAT OCT 28  |  4pm (updated from previously published materials)

Ratatouille In Concert

For the first time ever, Disney and Pixar release their Academy Award winning film Ratatouille in high-definition on the big screen while the beloved score by composer Michael Giacchino is performed live by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Ratatouille is the tale of a determined young rat with a cultivated palate who gets an unlikely chance to do what he dreams of most – cook in a French restaurant in Paris. Circumstance lands the rat, Remy, in Gusteau’s restaurant, where the spirit of the late chef guides him through a bizarre partnership with clumsy clean-up boy, Linguini. In a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside-down, Remy achieves his dream with his pal Linguini.

This live orchestra event is an experience to savor as the movie cooks up delectable moments again and again.

Presentation licensed by Walt Disney Music Company, Pixar Talking Pictures, Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc., and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Non-Theatrical © All rights reserved

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SUN DEC 3  |  2pm

It’s a Wonderful Life IN CONCERT

Experience one of the most cherished holiday movies of all time like
you’ve never seen it before: It’s a Wonderful Life — in Concert. You know the story: struggling Bedford Falls hero George Bailey discovers, through the timely intervention of his Guardian Angel Clarence on Christmas Eve, that he’s the “richest man in town.” Now this timeless classic will be accompanied by the San Diego Symphony performing Dmitri Tiomkin’s richly sentimental score LIVE.

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FRI FEB 16 | 8pm (subscriber night)
SUN FEB 18 | 2pm

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™
IN CONCERT

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ — in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen. Get ready to encounter a Dementor™, ride the Knight Bus™ and discover just who Sirius Black™ really is!
HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

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