Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announces Music Box Series for young children

Maria Broom

Maria Broom will host BSO’s new Music Box Series. (Photo courtesy of

Looking for a way to introduce your young children to music? The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is beginning a program for children 6 months to 3 years old and their families: Music Box Series.

Hosted by Maria Broom, each half-hour concert “promotes musical, motor and language development through bouncing, clapping, listening, singing and other hands-on activities,” according to a release.

Here are details on the upcoming programs, all of which will be held in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore.

  • 10 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. April 13 — Birdie Melodies: Birdie Melodies utilizes the lightness of flute, violin, viola and cello to create a musical aviary filled with delightful notes imitating cuckoos, robins and ducks. The audience has the chance to dance, sing, listen and play during this interactive performance and the concert will also introduce children to the works of Beethoven and Mozart at an early age.
  • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. May 4 — Great Big Animals: Great Big Animals recreates the exciting and grand nature of elephants, bears and other great big animals through a brass quintet. Children and their parents can bounce, clap and move along to the music of Brahms and Handel as it comes alive in this wild setting. In addition to movement, all of the programs emphasize listening time, in which children are encouraged to match instrumental sounds to animal sounds.
  • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. June 15 — Life in the Water: Life in the Water is a sea of musical delight created by an ensemble of BSO musicians playing piano, bass, violin, viola and cello. Children have the chance to clap, bounce and dance as they dive into the music of Saint-Saëns and Schubert’s Trout Quintet.
Tickets are $9 for children and adults; those purchasing admission for all three programs receive a 20 percent discount. Call 410-783-8000 or via for details.

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