Family Concerts

Ears Wide Open

Awakening a sense of wonder in listeners ages 5 to 12, Curtis Family Concerts share music with young audiences through interactive, educational presentations. These hour-long performances take place in a friendly setting, uniting entertainment with exploration.



Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

Sunday, October 21 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall

Gabriel Globus-Hoenich (Timpani and Percussion '08)

Curtis musicians join performer and educator Gabriel Globus-Hoenich to take children through the world of percussion. This interactive exploration of rhythm is inspired by the children's book Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins, which tells the story of a band of monkeys that explore what hands can do. This performance will use percussion as a tool for communication, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and discipline. 



Anansi the Spider

Sunday, March 31 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall

Nicholas DiBerardino, (Composition ’18)

Curtis singers present a children’s opera based on classic fables of Anansi the Spider, a beloved hero of West African folklore. This shape-shifting character, who triumphs over adversity thanks to his characteristic wit and cunning, will entrance all ages. Composer and Community Artist Fellow Nicholas DiBerardino will gather text and musical material from students at Girard College and William Cramp Elementary School to bring Anansi’s adventures to life.


Additional Performance at Girard College on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. 

Family Concert Photos

View photos from last year’s production of Carnival of the Animals to get a taste of the Curtis Family Concert experience. PHOTOS: Pete Checchia

Carnival of the Animals Photo Album

The Curtis Institute of Music receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.