Children’s Programming Highlights

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Peter and the Wolf and other fables

Quebec Symphony Orchestra

Prokofiev’s symphonic telling of “Peter and the Wolf,” and three of the famous “Fables de La Fontaine” are brought to life with the playing of the OSQ, under the direction of conductor Thomas Le Duc-Moreau, accompanied by illustrations created live on stage by artist Richard Vallerand, with narration by Monika Pilon. A delight for the eyes and ears. Ages 4 to 9. Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Grand Théâtre de Québec.

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TOQAQ MECIMI PUWIHT/Delphine rêve toujours

Théâtre de la Vieille 17 and Productions Ondinnok

In author Dave Jenniss’s bilingual French-Wolastoqey play, we meet Delphine: a young Wolastoqey girl transported to the world of forest spirits, in search of her lost drum. An engaging performance by ­Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, including Jemmy Echaquan Dubé in the lead role. Ages 4 to 8. Nov. 12 and 13 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Théâtre jeunesse Les Gros Becs.


La harpe avant la harpe

Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra

Antoine Malette-Chénier, principal harpist with the TRSO,  tells the history of the harp through several period instruments in this concert as part of the Matinées en musique series, programming through which music lovers of all ages are invited to learn about classical repertoire. Snacks and refreshments will be offered after the performance. For all, free for children under 12 with reservation. Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. at the CÉGEP de Trois-Rivières Theatre.


La marmite ensorcelée

Jeunesses Musicales Canada

Your little wizard will be assigned a mission in this JM Canada co-­production: to concoct a sound potion based on classical, modern and original music. A fun way to introduce children to percussion instruments as Halloween approaches. Presented in French only. Ages 3 to 8. Oct. 23 and 20 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Salle Joseph-Rouleau.

OSMose 2022 Concert

Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Sensitive to the reality of children with special needs, the OSM is ­offering an adapted concert with a relaxed atmosphere as part of the OSMose project. With a reduced number of spectators, space to move freely, and control of the sound and lighting levels, every element of the performance is designed to offer an inclusive experience that tends to the special needs of young spectators. Hosted by Charles Lafortune and conducted by Thomas Le Duc-Moreau, the concert will introduce children to the symphony orchestra, its instruments and the emotions that music can inspire. Ages 5 and up. Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Maison Symphonique.


Tune into Nature

National Arts Centre Orchestra

As part of the SPHERE festival, which brings the earth and the climate crisis centre stage, the NAC Orchestra, led by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, presents a concert of works inspired by nature. The concert aims to make young people think about the climate issues of our time. Ages 5 and up. Sept. 25 at 3 :30 p.m. in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre.

HUSH : Henry’s dream machine

Zonzo Compagnie

Voted Best Opera for Young Audiences at the Young Audience Music Awards 2021, this concert performance based on Henry Purcell features Jan Van Outryve (lute), Benjamin Macke (accordion) and Julie Calbete (soprano), as they revisit the composer’s baroque works in a crazy staging that combines creative costumes, a giant music box and lace vegetation! Show in French, with songs in English. Ages 6 and up. Nov. 12 and 13 at 3 p.m. in the National Arts Centre’s Azrieli Studio.


How the Gimquat Found Her Song

Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Platypus Theatre

Created by Platypus Theatre, this concert of music, theatre and puppetry tells the story of a rare mute bird’s search for the perfect song, through 12 musical masterpieces from the last 1,000 years. A seamless introduction to a wide array of repertoire, from Vivaldi to Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Gregorian chants and Duke Ellington, performed by TSO musicians under the direction of RBC resident conductor Trevor Wilson. Ages 5 to 12. Nov. 6 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. in Roy Thomson Hall.

Film Screenings with Orchestra

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Movie buffs, this year the TSO will once again provide live soundtrack performances at popular film screenings. A performance format that appeals to children, teens and their parents alike! This fall, the TSO will be playing Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Oct. 6, 7 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m. They will then present The Nightmare Before Christmas on Oct. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. All concerts will take place in the famous Roy Thomson Hall.

The TSO will also perform the music of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 at the Attila Glatz Concert Productions ­screening of the film in high definition. Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Hall.

Thunder Bay

Halloween Spooktacular

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate the spookiest night of the year with a costume concert ­featuring the TBSO and conductor Cosette Justo Valdés performing Halloween classics. For all. Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at Hilldale Lutheran Church.     

Translation by Eva Stone-Barney

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