Living en el condado de Orange we are fortunate to not have to travel far to enjoy the fine arts, like we did at Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings. I took the kids because I want to instill the appreciation of music in my children, just as I did growing up playing musical instruments. Years later, I love that they have developed a sense of appreciation for the fine arts and theater.
Pacific Symphony’s Family Mornings offer great abridged versions of shows for children and the whole family to enjoy. It’s suitable for all ages with a 45 minute performance that is perfect for children. Children are still entertained and captivated. My children had fun and they enjoyed the show.
If you want to change up your routine, then adding this to your family calendar at least once a month is a great valuable experience. You can turn a dull Saturday to a Saturday morning adventure that your child will be remember together as a family.
The musical mornings are performed at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. The interior acoustics are designed to deliver high quality sounds to appreciate the music being played. This was our first time attending a show in the concert hall and it was a beautiful experience. The seating is great and anywhere you sit offers a great view where one can appreciate the performance. They also had visual screens for those that are unable to hear, or for children to read/sing along with the performers.
We were invited to watch “Hansel and Gretel, Opera for Kids!” Boy were we in for a treat. The characters were not only funny, but they were wholesome with values that you don’t get to see nowadays in entertainment. Of course, the beloved classical fairy tale is an abridged version but the children were able to follow along and understand the story. It’s very neat to see character come to life from a classic children’s fairytale.
My eldest daughter was able to relate to Gretel because she is the oldest, my son could relate to Hansel because he was a little mischievous boy and always hungry. My son said “I’m not starving like Hansel because we are blessed, but I sure have a big appetite like him.” My little one’s favorite character was the witch because of her costume and boisterous voice.
I personally love listening to live music, it truly is such a beautiful art. If you are worried of falling asleep, or the kids fidgeting, I can guarantee it is hard for them to be distracted because during the entire performance the children’s’ attention is captivated through the story, music, dialogue, and interaction throughout the 45 minutes. I feel these short performances allow them to get ready for longer theatrical performances when they get older.
After the performance, children can come to the musical carnival in the lobby. It is free to all family ticket holders. Children can experience the interactive musical activities with the understudies, enjoy crafts related to the show theme, and shop at the Symphony shop. Children can also collect their free souvenir at each show thanks to Farmer & Merchants Bank.
Don’t worry, if you have never been to a concert before. This is a perfect one to attend to with little ones. It’s very kid-friendly. No need to bring snacks or food, there are concessions stands outside, but honestly the performance is only 45 minutes that children can sit through it. I made sure my kids ate breakfast before and then after the show we were ready to go have lunch. It does get a bit chilly inside, so make sure you bring a light sweater, if needed.
Packages start at $12 a concert! It’s a great price to teach young children about the appreciation of music that they will cherish a lifetime. You can buy a package for all 5 concerts, which is a small price to pay for a lifetime of appreciation. They have two showtimes at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and the interactive musical carnival is right after the show.
King Arthur and the Legend of the Dragon’s Lair
MARCH 25, 2017, 10:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M.
Camelot, gallant knights in shining armor and fair damsels in distress. With advice from the old wizard Merlin, King Arthur hunts the dragon in a dangerous quest that is the stuff of legend. Will he slay the dragon and save the magic kingdom? You’ll have to see the concert to find out! Featuring the gifted young musicians of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra in our annual side-by-side concert and including adventurous music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.”
Carnival of the Animals
APRIL 29, 2017, 10:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M.
Pacific Symphony brings a zoo to musical life with the Bob Brown Puppets and a narrator to tell the story. Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” features each animal in its own descriptive song, from the royal march of the stately lions, to hippity-hopping kangaroos, lumbering elephants, a gracefully swimming swan and more.
For more information, visit Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings.