Children learn about instruments from a BSO musician at a Music Box Children Series event. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is shaping the future musicians of the world with its Music Box Children’s Series. 

This Saturday, in the lobby of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the BSO will perform two half-hour concerts that focus on music enthusiasts ages six months to three years old.  

The concerts will be held at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

BSO officials say “these interactive performances are designed to stimulate exploration of rhythm, singing, movement, listening, and the world of sound—featuring music, stories, dancing, and narration.”

Although launched in the 2012-2013 season, this is the first Music Box Children’s Series event since the start of the pandemic.

“While children will not get to play instruments, our musicians invite them to look and feel after the show – an impromptu petting zoo of sorts for instruments,” said Allison Burr-Livingstone, the BSO’s senior vice president and chief advancement officer, in a statement.

This weekend’s concert theme explores autumn colors, with BSO musicians playing oboe, bassoon, and piano as they perform classical children’s pieces to ”help develop children’s musicality, creativity, coordination, and literacy through classical music,” Burr-Livingstone said.

According to a press release, these performances are to provide “a musical, social and educational experience” for all attendees.

The event will feature renowned dancer, teacher, author, and actress Maria Broom as host. Broom has been the narrator since the launch of Music Box. She is also a faculty member in the theater department at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

“She has been instrumental in the music box program since its inception and is skilled in connecting with our young listeners and their families,” Burr-Livingstone said.

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