2019–20: Philharmonic Families

Ages 3–6 | Sundays at 12:30 PM and 3 PM

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Join Philippe the Penguin and Musicians of the New York Philharmonic to discover the different families of instruments that live within an orchestra!

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

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

Concerts are at Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street. Subscription prices range from $75 to $90, plus an additional $12 per subscription order for processing. Subscribers receive a CD of music from the series in advance of the first concert. Single tickets range from $26 to $31 each.

Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now. Order online below or call Customer Relations at (212) 875-5656. Our Customer Relations department is open

Monday–Friday, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM,
Saturday 1:00–6:00 PM, Sunday 12:00–5:00 PM.


subscribe All three Sundays at 12:30 PM
subscribe All three Sundays at 3 PM

2019–20 Very Young People's Concerts


Each concert has three parts, engaging young children in different ways (beginning at the time printed on your ticket).

Fun with the Philharmonic: musical games with musicians kick-off your Very Young People’s Concert
The Concert: a half-hour performance includes audience participation and stories about Philippe the Penguin
Hands-On Fun: the chance for children to try string instruments, sized just for them

From A Past Very Young People’s Concert

Watch a Very Young People’s Concert from the 2015–16 season:
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Support for Very Young People’s Concerts is provided by The Brodsky Family Foundation.