Baltimore Symphony Orchestra opens Music Box Series for infants and tots

BSO Music Box seriesBy Betsy Stein

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has a unique new program called the Music Box Series for children ages 6 months to 3 years and their families.

"The Music Box Series completes the BSO's full complement of educational activities," says BSO Vice President of Education Carol Bogash. "We're pleased to place the final piece in the BSO's educational framework and now offer a sensational program for the very young."


Interactive BSO for tots

Hosted by actress, dancer and storyteller Maria Broom, the series gives toddlers the chance to explore music through engaging and interactive performances that take place in the lobby of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. During the 30-minute concerts, a small ensemble of BSO musicians will perform classical children's pieces and will engage the children with bouncing, clapping, hands on activities and other means of engagement.

Each performance will also feature pre-concert activities 30 minutes prior to the show that will encourage literacy, creative play and listening skills.

Programs include "Birdie Melodies" April 13, which will feature the flute, violin, viola and cello to create a musical aviary introducing Beethoven and Mozart; "Great Big Animals" May 4, which will feature a brass quintet to recreate the grand nature of elephants, bears and other big animals introducing the music of Brahms and Handel; and "Life in the Water" June 15, which will feature piano, bass, violin, viola and cello introducing the music of Saint-Saens and Schubert's Trout Quintet.

"Completing the first study of its kind, researchers at McMaster University have discovered that very early musical training benefits children even before they can walk or talk, and the BSO is eager to foster and stimulate that early interest with the Music Box Series' creative programs," Bogash says.

The programs will run at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and tickets are $9 for children and adults. Purchase all three programs and receive a 20 percent discount. Tickets can be purchased at the BSO Box Office, or 410-783-8000 or