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Concerts for Families

The Cleveland Orchestra offers a wide variety of programs for families to enjoy together. Whether you’re taking a pre-schooler to hear a short, child-friendly introduction to the violin, gathering a multi-generational group to hear The Cleveland Orchestra perform a Family Concert, or getting together for a picnic at Blossom (where kids 17 and under sit on the lawn for free), listening to symphonic music together will create family memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

Family Concert AudienceFamily Concerts

ideal for children 7 and up

Family Concerts are a great way to get kids excited about classical music!  These narrated, 60-minute concerts performed by The Cleveland Orchestra in historic Severance Hall, are structured around a theme and feature guest artists such as young musicians, mimes, dancers, actors, and more.  Family Concerts offer a unique and fun-filled opportunity for families to spend quality time with their children, enrich their lives through exposure to the musical arts, and share the excitement of live music performed by one of the world’s top orchestras.

All Family Concerts are preceded by free activities, including hands-on Instrument Discovery, throughout the hall that enhance your child’s enjoyment of the performance.

The Cleveland Orchestra's Family Concert Series
is sponsored by
The Giant Eagle Foundation.

Musical Rainbows ConcertPNC Musical Rainbows

ideal for children 3 to 6

Which instrument is bigger  violin or viola?  How many strings are on a harp?  What’s a bassoon?  Children will discover the answers to these musical questions and more during our 30-minute Musical Rainbow concerts.  These presentations are a fun, interactive way for our youngest listeners to learn about the instruments of the orchestra, one at a time.  PNC Musical Rainbow concerts are performed by Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests, are hosted by local actress and singer Maryann Nagel. Children have the chance to sing, clap, and move to the music as they have fun learning all about orchestral instruments.  Musical Rainbows are performed in the 400-seat Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall. 
The Cleveland Orchestra's PNC Musical Rainbow Concerts
are sponsored by

The annual Musical Rainbow Series is endowed by the Pysht Fund.

Family Concerts

Designed for children ages 7 and up, 
Family Concerts introduce you to 
the world of live orchestral music!

2013-14 Family Concerts:

Sunday, October 6, at 3 p.m. 

Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. 

Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m.



Designed for children ages 3 to 6, each interactive Musical Rainbow introduces a musical instrument (or two).

2013-14 PNC Musical Rainbows

Friday, January 10 morning
Saturday, February 8 morning 

Friday, March 7 morning
Saturday, March 8 morning

Friday, May 16 morning
Saturday, May 17 morning


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