Education & Community

Symphony Storytime

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Perfect for young children (ages 3-7), the Symphony Storytime Series presents music by the musicians of the Philharmonic with an actor/narrator and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations.

Join us after each concert for hands-on activities in The Plaza Live lobby, including:

  • Instrument Try-Outs: musicians help children try their hand at playing different instruments!
  • Musical Steps – Children get to act out the characters they’ll hear in the story of the day with Orlando Philharmonic musicians!
  • Character Colors: children color in their own Symphony Storytime booklet
  • Photo Op: take photographs of your children as musicians

NEW THIS YEAR: A post-concert Toddler Zone especially for ages 0-2!

Want to schedule a Symphony Storytime event at your school? Fill out the field trip information form and a Philharmonic representative will contact you with more details.

Corn in the Rock (November 18 & 19)

Corn is a delicious and nutritious food source for all of the animals in the Mayan folk story, Corn in the Rock, but one day, all of the corn is gone! Your family will help animal friends work together to solve the mystery of the missing corn, and in the end learn another tasty way to eat their favorite dish.

Brought to you by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Brass and Percussion families at the Plaza Live, this POP-ular re-telling of a classic folk story will make your children hungry for music!


Carnival of the Animals (January 7 & 9)

It’s a musical menagerie at the Plaza Live as your Orlando Philharmonic woodwind quintet brings music inspired by animals to life! Your family will be transported to exotic locales as (musical) birds chirp, frogs croak, elephants trumpet, and kangaroos bounce!

Brought to you by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s woodwind family at the Plaza Live, your family will take a walk on the wild side with this timeless classic.


Emperor & the Nightingale (March 10 & 11)

Three of our four musical families come together to tell the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of a Chinese Emperor and a Nightingale with a voice like no other. A gorgeous re-telling with flute, strings, and percussion, The Emperor and the Nightingale will captivate and delight children of all ages.


Goldilocks & the Three Bears (April 21 & 22)

While in the forest, Goldilocks discovers the family home of three bears: Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear. Feeling hungry and tired, Goldilocks explores the bear’s cottage while the bears are away.
The music presented by your Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra String Quartet will seem just right in this fresh re-telling designed especially for the Symphony Storytime Series with the help of Maestro Eric Jacobsen.