The orchestra has presented family concerts to introduce families and children to the magic of the symphony. Watch for announcements of the family concert schedule during the season. Previous family concerts have featured:
2012 family concert: Carnival!
Daniel Dorff's narrated piece Billy and the Carnival introduced the instruments of the orchestra, and Mister Beethoven explained music to the audience.
2011 family concert: The Universal Language of Music
Musical styles of China, Russia, Cuba, France, Norway and the US show how the world comes together with music.
The 2010 family concert featured the magic of Lemony Snicket
The WSO introduced the whole family to the instruments of the orchestra in Lemony Snicket's clever whodunit: The Composer Is Dead by Nathanial Stookey.
2009 season: Hansel and Gretel Family Opera
The Symphony presented its first Family Opera, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, for the community. This opera was suitable for children of all ages. Children were amazed at the gorgeous set design, the thrilling characters and delighted in the beautiful music sung by the most talented singers of the region.
Each year thousands of elementary school students enjoy live music and interactive presentations by Symphony Musicians. For grades k-5, there are two programs: Beethoven In The Schools and Musicians In The Schools.
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Beethoven In The Schools
Every spring, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Grant Donnellan and his accompanist visit hundreds of children in grades K-3 and share the joys of music. Dressed in 19th-century period costume, "Beethoven" leads young students through the interactive process of musically animating a story.
Musicians In The Schools
Symphony musicians present a series of concerts, bringing instrumental music to the elementary schools of our community. Each concert feature a particular section of the orchestra; strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion. Education packets addressing lessons outlined in Washington State's Essential Academic Learning Requirements are sent to teachers for integrating the music performance and interactions with subjects such as science, history and social studies. The program is designed to inspire elementary school students to choose an instrument and play in their school music ensembles.
Special thanks to our generous past and present sponsors:
BP, Bellingham Arts Commission, Bellingham Festival of Music, ConocoPhillips, Lummi Indian Business Council, Washington State Arts Commission, and Whatcom County.