The Stamford Symphony aspires to build a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of classical music among all populations of Stamford and its neighboring communities. It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring education initiatives.
Exposure to classical music at an early age is a gift that offers a lifetime of rewards. At the Stamford Symphony, we believe that all of the children in our community should have access to this gift. Every year, there are programs and activities for families and kids of all ages.
The younger people are when they discover classical music, the longer it will be a part of their lives to enjoy. Introducing young people to classical music is a priority for the Stamford Symphony. Through our acclaimed music education program, we bring professional musician-educators from the Symphony into schools, we give students special opportunities to see the Symphony at work.
For more information contact our Education Manager at MusicEd@stamfordsymphony.org
Through this fundraising program, schools sell tickets to Stamford Symphony concerts and use the proceeds to fund arts programs in their school. For more information click here.
Before each Orchestra Classics concert, older children and adults are invited to come early to the Palace Theatre to hear Maestro Eckart Preu's free Behind the Baton pre-concert talk featuring musical highlights of the pieces, stories about the composers and interesting historical tidbits. Behind the Baton begins one hour before each concert (7:00 pm on Saturdays and 2:00 pm on Sundays) and is open to all ticketholders.
To enhance the music curriculum of elementary and middle schools, the Stamford Symphony's Composer Project provides specially-designed educational materials and posters about famous classical composers. For more information contact our Education Manager at MusicEd@stamfordsymphony.org.
Each spring, the Stamford Symphony invites all fourth and fifth graders in the Stamford Public Schools to a curriculum-based concert, The American Experience. These special performances have been created to align with the Social Studies standards for American History, in an effort to illustrate these concepts through music.
In January, February and March, parents and their children 4-7 years of age are invited to Unlock the Mysteries of Music at the Stamford Symphony's interactive, fun-filled Exploring the Orchestra music programs held at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center on Sunday afternoons.
For information on this season's programs click here. To purchase tickets or subscribe call 203.325.1407 x10.
Residencies and Interactive Performance Workshops bring Stamford Symphony musicians into elementary schools to work with students and provide interactive performances for students. To organize a residency or workshop at your school, contact our Education Manager at MusicEd@stamfordsymphony.org
Young people are always special guests at the Stamford Symphony. Tickets for the Stamford Symphony's Sunday afternoon Orchestra Classics concerts are free for anyone under 18, one ticket per accompanying adult. Although all are welcome, we recommend our Exploring the Orchestra family musical programs for children 7 and under. Kids come FREE tickets may be purchased from the Palace Theatre box office in person or by phone at 203.325.4466. Sorry, it is not possible to order Kids Come FREE tickets online.
On Sundays, join us for MusiKids, our 2:00 pm, pre-concert program designed to prepare young concertgoers, 7-12 years old, for what they will experience at the concert that day. Our talented and enthusiastic music educator presents an interactive, informative session; the soloist of the day visits. Specially-designed instructive and entertaining MusiKids Program Books are distributed. We help children make connections to enhance their understanding of the forthcoming concert, make music more meaningful, and have lots of fun! For more information, click here. And remember, Kids Come FREE on Sundays!
Middle and high school music students are encouraged to attend our free, Saturday rehearsals at 2:30 pm at Stamford's Palace Theatre on Orchestra Classics concert weekends. Groups of students will have an opportunity to meet Music Director Eckart Preu, members of the orchestra, and the guest soloist. To make reservations, contact the Education Manager at MusicEd@stamfordsymphony.org
The Stamford Symphony provides complimentary tickets to its Saturday evening Orchestra Classics concerts to middle and high school students who are active participants in their school's orchestra and are recognized for their efforts by their school's orchestra director. For more information, contact the Education Manager at MusicEd@stamfordsymphony.org