2015–16: Philharmonic Playground

Imagine a playground made of music – where slides take you high and low, merry-go-rounds go fast and slow, and songs are both quiet and loud. Join Philippe the Penguin and musicians of the New York Philharmonic on a musical playground and share in the fun of music!

Designed by Philharmonic musicians together with faculty of Columbia University’s Teacher’s 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
Marion Schoevaert, illustrator
Musicians of the Philharmonic

For children 3-6 and their families. Concerts are at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th Street

2015–16 Very Young People's Concerts

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 $69 to $84*. Subscribers receive a CD of music from the series, in advance of the first concert.

To subscribe, please call Customer Relations at (212) 875-5656. Our Customer Relations department is open
Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm,
Saturday 1–6pm, 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.