The San Diego Symphony Orchestra with conductor Jahja Ling. Courtesy of the symphony

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday a series of four family concerts designed to introduce children 5-12 to the magic, science and wonder of classical music.

The ‘Family Festival’ 2015-2016 series consists of four Sunday concerts at 2 p.m., each with a separate theme.

A Walk Through Balboa Park Celebrating Its Centennial — Nov. 1

Conductor Sameer Patel takes inspiration from Balboa Park during its centennial year, offering music that represents the park’s most iconic elements, including its fountains, gardens, international cottages and world-class museums.

Holiday Pops featuring Cirque Musica — Dec. 20

San Diego’s favorite holiday tradition returns with conductor Matthew Garbutt. The holiday season comes alive with music and song complete with Christmas Carols, an audience sing-a-long and this year’s special guests: members of the Cirque Musica acrobatic troupe.

Symphology: The Science of Sound — Feb. 20

From the sound a bow makes to the beating of a drum, there are countless ways musicians make music. But how does it happen? Conductor Sameer Patel explains what makes a flute tweet and a horn toot and how it all comes together through the sounds and science of a symphony.

Much Ado About Music: Shakespeare and the Symphony — April 17

“If music be the food of love, play on!” This concert with conductor Sameer Patel will feature excerpts from many of the great musical works inspired by the genius of William Shakespeare. A collaboration with The Old Globe theater, this season finale begs the question: To be or not to be—experiencing the music of the greatest composers whose inspiration came from the greatest playwright of all time.

Children are free with adult tickets, which are $44 or $88 for the entire series. Individual tickets are $15 and $25. Tickets are available online at or by calling 619-235-0804.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.