Sound All Around
In Center City at the Academy of Music Ballroom
PNC Grow Up Great
Saturdays and Mondays at 10 AM and 11:15 AM
Nurture your child’s passion for music! Sound All Around is a great introduction for youngsters and features members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston.
Each concert introduces the audience to a member of the string, woodwind, brass, or percussion family, and the final concert features all of the musicians from the season playing together in an ensemble. Concerts are 45 minutes long and a great way for kids, families, daycares, and school groups to have fun with music.
For a third season, we specifically welcome children with sensory sensitivities and their families to our relaxed sensory friendly Saturday performances. Our aim is to create a safe and accepting environment where children, including those on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities, and their families can experience live music together.
The beautiful string family makes up the largest portion of the orchestra. Now you can explore this family of instruments up-close through sight and sound! It includes the violin, viola, cello, and double bass, as well as the harp, guitar, and ukulele. Sound is created on these instruments through the vibration of the strings when they are bowed, plucked, or strummed. Philadelphia Orchestra violinist, Daniel Han, will introduce the unique ways string instruments create their magical sound.
Presenting: the brass family! The brass family is the loudest of the orchestra, and can be heard from far, far away, making its instruments perfect for fanfares and announcements. This family includes the trumpet, trombone, French horn, and tuba. Brass players produce sound by buzzing their lips into the mouthpiece. Philadelphia Orchestra musician Ernesto Tovar Torres will guide the audience through this regal instrument family.
Take a deep breath and get ready to learn all about the woodwinds! This instrument family includes the flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon. So, what makes them alike? Woodwind musicians blow air into, against, or across the instrument. Some of these instruments use reeds – little pieces of wood that create vibrations and sound. Philadelphia Orchestra Piccolo, Erica Peel, will lead you through the different ways the woodwinds are played and their special place in the orchestra.
Almost anything in the world can become a percussion instrument if you use your imagination! Percussion instruments are the oldest and largest instrument family, and their sound is created by striking or shaking the instrument. This family includes the xylophone, glockenspiel, chimes, cymbals, and drums. Philadelphia Orchestra percussionist, Angela Zator Nelson, will guide you through these big and small, loud and soft instruments. We'll clap our hands and stomp our feet through this performance!
Join us for the fun and interactive Sound All Around Ensemble Concert. Clap, stomp, sing, and dance with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and famed storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston as we learn about, and celebrate, music and the orchestra. You'll get an up-close look at all the special instruments we've featured this season, and get to hear how they create beautiful music when played together. Don't miss the final Sound All Around of the season.
The Sound All Around concert series is presented by PNC Grow Up Great and is endowed in perpetuity by the Garrison Family Fund for Children's Concerts.