houston symphony family series

The Houston Symphony wants to share its love for music with your family — and hopefully help spark a new passion along the way.

To that end, the Houston Symphony launched its annual family series — a series of performances that take place on Saturday mornings throughout each season.

“There’s no greater thrill as a musician than the one you get when you see the hall completely filled with families, and you see children engaging with classical music for the first time,” said Robert Franz, Houston Symphony associate conductor. “We have four great concerts in 2019-2020, four opportunities to make that magic happen, and I’m grateful to BBVA for making it all possible.”

Those concerts kick off this Saturday, Oct. 12, with a show that your kids will certainly love: Wands & Wizards: The Music from “Harry Potter” & More. This is the ultimate family-friendly event that’s not only fun, but also cultural.

The Harry Potter show is at Jones Hall at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The first 100 children who arrive in costume can take part in a fun onstage costume parade — just in time for Halloween! So, brush off that witch’s hat and take a ride on your broomstick down to the show for a great time.

Performances for the Harry Potter show — and the three others throughout the coming seasons — are shorter (around 45 minutes) and take place in a casula, family-friendly setting. So, no worries if the kiddos are fussing a bit. Just try and enjoy the show!

The idea is to get your kids interested in music and the arts. All concerts include several free activities, including an instrument petting zoo, which lets your kids try out a handful of instruments.

Now, in terms of ticket prices, your best value is to buy a season pass for $85, which is a discount over buying single tickets, which cost $24 each.

On Dec. 14, the symphony performs “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Rumor has it that the big man in a red suit could be making a special appearance!

On Feb. 29, 2020, the symphony gets us ready for baseball season — and with the recent success of the Astros, you won’t want to miss it! Make sure to wear your favorite baseball apparel, including that ball cap. And warm up those vocal cords as your sing “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” during a special seventh inning stretch!

And then on April 18, 2020, the symphony puts on a special “Heroes & Adventures” show, which celebrate the livest he of Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, Matthew Hense and Katherine Johnson — real-world heroes who overcame adversity to change the world for the better.

If you’re looking for a way to spark your child’s imagination and love for the arts, look no further than the Houston Symphony’s Annual Family Series.


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