On Saturday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, members of the Helena Symphony Orchestra continue this Season’s Education Concert Series with another Symphony Kids performance. Written specifically for children ages 5 to 10, Symphony Kids is a free 30-minute concert for Helena families. As one of the Symphony’s educational programs, Symphony Kids brings the power of live instrumental music into the hearts of children with specific concerts designed to introduce them to the world of music and instruments.

“This next Symphony Kids brings Beethoven’s story to life, beginning when he was a young boy in Bonn, Germany and taking him through conducting his ‘Ode to Joy’ Symphony after going deaf. This production uses two local actors playing several roles, using humor when appropriate, but not neglecting focus on some of Beethoven’s hardships, specifically his strained relationship with his father,” explains Helena Symphony Education Coordinator, Anna Milburn. “The focus on this production is how music speaks to our emotions and how even something beautiful can come out of the difficulties we face. Symphony Kids is created to make excellent symphonic music not only available, but palpable for kids. My goal is for our young audiences to have a positive relationship with classical music while also learning something about Beethoven while laughing, conducting, and having fun.”

“The Symphony Kids program is an essential part of our mission to engage, enrich, transform, and inspire lives through music,” explains Director of Development & Communications, Cameron Betchey. “Symphony Kids connects the community with many of the Helena Symphony’s core values including community engagement, inclusivity, and education!”

Performed in the setting of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, children get to enjoy up-close and personal performances meant to enrich and enhance music education in the Helena region. Symphony Kids is a 30-minute free concert, and children receive an activity packet, and are welcomed to enjoy the Instrument Petting Zoo sponsored by Piccolo’s Music and meet Finn the Fox with Intrepid Credit Union immediately following the concert in the lobby. Several hundred families and children attend these free concerts and children of all ages are welcome!


SYMPHONY KIDS – FREE PERFORMANCES at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.mSymphony Kids

1: Saturday, 1 October 2022, 10 a.m. ~ The City Mouse and the Country Mouse Symphony Kids

2: Saturday, 5 November 2022, 10:00 a.m. ~ Ralph, the Runaway Rabbit Symphony Kids

3: Saturday, 4 February 2023, 10:00 a.m. ~ But the Music Spoke… Beethoven’s Story Symphony Kids

4: Saturday, 1 April 2023, 10:00 a.m. ~ The Little Red Hen


Symphony Kids is sponsored by generous support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Marilyn Hudson, Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven, Farmers State Bank, Betty Flaten, Ann & Ron Waterman, First Interstate Bank, Piccolo’s Music, and Montana Cultural Trust. 

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