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Very Young People's Concerts

Even your youngest can experience the Philharmonic!

Very Young People's Concerts

Very Young People's Concerts 2014–15: Philharmonic Playdates

Imagine having a playdate with the Orchestra—where musical instruments are toys, songs become games, and we can make-believe whatever our hearts desire! Join Philippe the Penguin and musicians of the New York Philharmonic to make new friends and share in the fun of music.

Designed by Philharmonic musicians together with faculty of Columbia University’s Teacher College, Very Young People’s Concerts combine games, storytelling, and great music in one fun-filled hour that unlocks children’s imagination and talent.

Rebecca Young, host
Dorian Rence, writer and narrator
Marion Schoevaert, illustrator
Musicians of the Philharmonic

Concerts are at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th Street

To subscribe, please call Customer Relations at (212) 875-5656.

  • Very Young People's Concerts

    "Games and Toys"

    Sun, Nov 30, 2014, 12:30 and 3:00 PM
    Mon, Dec 1, 2013, 10:30 AM

    Instruments can play games, too: musical chairs, follow-the-leader, tag…you’re it! Together we’ll find out how music can be fun for everyone, with music from Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C major.

  • Very Young People's Concerts


    Sun, Feb 8, 2015, 12:30 and 3:00 PM
    Mon, Feb 9, 2015, 10:30 AM

    Music inspires our imaginations! Come explore how music helps us to pretend and takes us to far-away places, with music from Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals.

  • Very Young People's Concerts

    "Building Blocks"

    Sun, Mar 22, 2015, 12:30 and 3:00 PM
    Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 10:30 AM

    Composers build music up like stacks of blocks! Discover how music sounds when it falls over, and help us build it back up, with music from Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E-flat major.

About Very Young People's Concerts

Youngsters are introduced to classical music through imaginative engagement, active listening, and hands-on music-making. This video features pieces from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."
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Each concert has three parts, engaging young children in different ways.

Fun with the Philharmonic: musical games with musicians beginning a half hour before concert time, throughout the hall
The Concert: a half-hour performance, including audience participation and stories about Philippe the Penguin
Hands-On Fun: a chance for children to try a string instrument, throughout the hall


Subscription prices range from $63 to $78*. Subscribers receive a CD of music on the series, in advance from the first concert.

To subscribe, please call Customer Relations at (212) 875-5656. Our Customer Relations department is open
Monday–Saturday, 10am–6pm, Sunday 12–5pm.

*an additional $10 per subscription order for processing


School groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets to Monday morning concerts for $20 each. Contact Group Sales for details and availability: (212) 875-5672 (212) 875-5672.

"My grandson told me that he thought it was great and awesome. He also said that he wanted to take violin lessons!"

Very Young People's Concerts Subscriber

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