DSO announces 2019-2020 Young People's Family Concerts and Tiny Tots series

- Subscriptions on sale now; DSO’s patron-minded pricing offers tickets for as little as $10 when purchased as part of a subscription

Detroit, (April 1, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced family programming for the 2019-2020 Season, including performances in the Tiny Tots and Young People’s Family Concert series.

Young People’s Family Concerts are family-friendly orchestra performances, featuring the full DSO, designed for audiences age 6 and up. The 2019-2020 Young People’s Family Concert series kicks off with The Ghost of Orchestra Hall, based on legends of a friendly spirit that lives in the DSO’s historic venue, which is celebrating its centennial season in 2019-2020. Other concerts in the series are the holiday-themed Winter Wonderland, the film-inspired Musical Heroes, and a presentation of the narrative concert Gershwin’s Magic Key (a Classical Kids Live! production).

Tiny Tots performances are fun-filled, interactive concerts designed for children ages 2-6 and their families. The 2019-2020 Tiny Tots series includes performances by Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits, Music Together’s® Uncle Gerry and Friends, jazz drummer Sean Dobbins, and the popular duo Gemini. Please note: the DSO does not appear on Tiny Tots performances.  

Subscriptions are on sale now for both series, with four-concert packages beginning at just $40. Subscribe online at dso.org/family, call (313) 576-5111, or visit the Box Office in person at 3711 Woodward Avenue (Detroit, MI). Single tickets for Tiny Tots and Young People’s Family Concert Series will go on sale at a later date.

Tiny Tots and Young People’s Family Concert performances take place on Saturday mornings at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Center in Midtown Detroit. Most performances also include kid-friendly activities in the William Davidson Atrium—like face-painting, an instrument try-out station, and demonstrations from cultural partners like the Michigan Science Center.

See below for a complete listing of concerts in both series.


2019-2020 Young People's Family Concerts


The Ghost of Orchestra Hall
November 2, 2019 at 11 a.m.
In Orchestra Hall

Éva-Sarai Vesprini, actor
Gavin George, piano

Celebrate the Centennial of Orchestra Hall through the tale of its friendly resident ghost. We’ll take a journey back to 1919 to learn the history of this legendary venue in a program including music from Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and other favorites.

Winter Wonderland
December 7, 2019 at 11 a.m.
In Orchestra Hall

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Orchestra Hall. This exciting program features favorites from FrozenThe Polar Express, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and more.

Musical Heroes
February 15, 2020 at 11 a.m.
In Orchestra Hall

Not all heroes wear capes! Enjoy the music of your favorite heroes—from Princess Leia to Harry Potter, Batman to Beethoven, and even Mozart.

Gershwin’s Magic Key
Classical Kids Live!
April 25, 2020 at 11 a.m.
In Orchestra Hall

Gerswhin’s Magic Key tells the story of a chance meeting on the streets of New York City between a poor newspaper boy and the great American composer George Gershwin. You will be captivated by over twenty of Gershwin’s most popular compositions, including Porgy & BessAn American in Paris, and Rhapsody in Blue, as well as popular hits from the American Songbook, including “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”


2019-2020 Tiny Tots Series


Shake, Rattle, and Roll
with Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits
November 2, 2019 at 10 a.m.
In The Cube

Come listen as Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits play popular children’s songs set to a rock n’ roll beat. Nursery rhymes will never be the same again.

Uncle Gerry and Friends
December 7, 2019 at 10 a.m.
In The Cube

Uncle Gerry and Friends from the world-renowned Music Together® program lead a fun-filled and interactive concert of classic children’s songs. Let’s sing, dance, learn, and make music together.

Jazz, Wiggle, and Giggle
with Sean Dobbins and Friends
February 15, 2020 at 10 a.m.
In The Cube

Jazz, Wiggle, and Giggle is a fun and exciting concert that includes lots of singing, dancing, and a chance to jam with the band. There’s plenty of audience participation, so bring your singing voices and dancing shoes!

April 25, 2020 at 10 a.m.
In The Cube

Twin brother musicians Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits feature rousing sing-alongs, hand motion tunes, and sparkling original songs about everyday experiences of childhood and growing up. Kids and adults will love this dynamic show.

About the DSO 

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.