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

From Past 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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Watch a Very Young People’s Concert from the 2015–16 season:
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Very Young People's Concerts for the 2017–18 season have ended. Please check back later for information on next season's concerts.

2017–18: Philharmonic Playdates

Ages 3–6 | Sundays at 12:30pm and 3pm; Mondays at 10:30am

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.

This series was conceived by Philharmonic musicians together with faculty of Columbia University’s Teacher's College to combine games, storytelling, and great music in one fun-filled hour that unlocks children’s imagination.

Rebecca Young, host
Doug Fitch, designer / director
Musicians of the Philharmonic

Concerts are at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th Street. Subscription prices range from $75 to $90*. 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 $12 per subscription order for processing


Support for Very Young People’s Concerts is provided by Evalyn E. and Stephen E. Milman and The Brodsky Family Foundation.