Family Concert

Rhythm Section: Discover Percussion

Family Concert
12:00 am
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Discover the world of percussion with the arx duo! From drums, to shakers, to your own hands, you’ll learn about the huge range of instruments that fall into the “percussion” instrument category. During this concert, you’ll hear some amazing performances of music from around the world, build your own instruments, and play along with the arx duo. This is a perfect introduction to classical music for children ages 5-10, and is fun for the whole family!

This concert will be available to stream beginning at 11am (PDT) on Saturday, August 1 and is available through Monday, August 17.

Access for this concert is $15. (Please note, if you already subscribed to the SCMS Virtual Summer Festival the Family Concert is included.)

Some recommended items for making your own instruments to play along:

  • Chopsticks (you can also use your fingers and hands)
Tom Tom Drums
  • 2 or 3 Kitchen bowls of different sizes (metal is ideal)
  • Saran/Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic tubs with lids (clean takeout containers are ideal)
  • Small amount of rice, dry beans, and/or seeds
  • 2 different size glass bottles (soda bottle, empty jam jar, etc) – plastic bottles can also work
Free Event

Family Concert

Family Concert
11:00 am
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Musical Tales

Popular children’s stories are charmingly paired with well-known classical music, arranged for string quartet, and narrated by KING-FM’s Marta Zekan. Works include Ferdinand the Bull with Bizet’s Carmen, tales from the Arabian Nights with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Custard the Cowardly Dragon paired with Mozart’s Symphony no. 25, and more! Ideal for children ages 5-10 and their families.

Free Pre-Concert Activity!

Musical instrument “petting zoo” in the lobby at 10:00am, courtesy of Classical KING-FM 98.1.

Free Event

How Notes Become Music

Family Concert
11:00 am

This program is designed for children, featuring original poems and music by composer and writer Aaron Grad. Through nine short sections of original music—each preceded by a whimsical poem with animation—young audiences learn how notes relate to each other, and how those relationships can inspire stronger connections with people.

Animation by Nadia Carrim

Poetry and Music by Aaron Grad

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Meet the Musicians!

Noah Geller– Violin; concertmaster Seattle Symphony

Alexi Kenny– Violin; Avery Fischer Career Grant Winner

Matthew Lipman– Viola; Avery Fischer Career Grant Winner

Astrid Schween– Cello; Juilliard String Quartet


How Notes Become Music was created with support from the Lynn and Brian Grant Family and the Music In Schools Committee of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle.


Free Event