February 19 & 26 at 11:00am at Walt Disney Concert HallFamily Four Pack Ticket Giveaway
Getting kids to love music is as easy as switching on your iPod and sharing your favorite play list. Teaching them how music is created could take a lifetime, so get started with an excellent series of concerts, LA Phil Presents Toyota Symphonies for Youth. These popular shows always sell out early, because they provide a clever and entertaining deconstruction of how music is made by an orchestra. Kids are invited into Walt Disney Hall to hear short musical selections, and learn the basics of how a symphony produces its melodious harmonies -- how wind instruments differ from their brass and string counterparts, how styles of music vary, and how the conductor brings everything together. Adults will come away having learned something as well!
Where and When: Tickets are still available for February's shows LA Phil Presents Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Jazz and the Orchestra (2/19 and 2/26). Join the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Joshua Weilerstein, and legendary jazz artist John Beasley in a musical celebration of the exuberance of jazz music. Book now for seats in April's series, LA Phil Presents Toyota Symphonies for Youth: The Hero Composer(4/23 and 430). Explore how the composer can be a hero in our lives.
Enter to Win: Kids Off the Couch subscribers are eligible to win a Family Four Pack for the February 26 concert. Please send us a note if you're able to attend the 11:00 AM show. Winners will be chosen by Tuesday, February 15. Don't forget to include your phone number so we can reach you if you are chosen!
Touring Walt Disney Hall: The Toyota Symphonies for Youth take place in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, giving families the chance to explore Frank Geary's beautiful and unusual building. Click here for a schedule of the official hour-long tours of the building, but we think most kids are best off just walking up to the rooftop garden, and then following the staircase that leads up and around the metallic wings of the building.
Other Treats: Our kids loved The Philharmonic Gets Dressed, a picture book about the members of an orchestra getting ready in their separate apartments before coming together at Carnegie Hall to make music. Click here for other books that will help you get ready for a trip to Disney Hall.