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Family Fun With the Boise Philharmonic

If you're on the lookout for a family-friendly musical adventure, you've come to the right place! The Boise Philharmonic is a family-friendly organization who provides orchestral musical entertainment to the Boise Community! From classical performances to programming for schools and our youth, there's something for everyone to enjoy.


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The Boise Philharmonic has been a part of our local community since 1960. It started small and has grown into a beloved fixture of the local music scene, known for its stellar performances and diverse programming. With talented conductors at the helm, the orchestra continues to wow audiences with each and every show.


What makes the Boise Philharmonic stand out? Well, they're all about making music accessible to all ages. For the little ones, they've got interactive concerts that blend catchy tunes with fun storytelling. It's a great way to introduce kids to the magic of music in a way that's engaging and entertaining. From showcasing local talent to hosting youth orchestras, there's always something exciting happening on stage for the whole family to enjoy.


Ready to experience the magic of the Boise Philharmonic with your family? Head over to their website to learn more and snag tickets to an upcoming show!


Especially Family-Friendly Upcoming Performances with the Boise Philharmonic:


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1) The Cinematic Music of John Williams

  • Date: February 17, 2024

  • Times: 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM

  • Location: Morrison Center, 2201 W Cesar Chavez Ln, Boise ID 83725

  • Description: Get ready to embark on a musical journey through the unforgettable cinematic scores of legendary composer John Williams. From the heroic themes of Star Wars to the magical melodies of Harry Potter, Williams' music has captivated audiences for over 50 years. Join us for an immersive experience as the Boise Philharmonic brings these iconic scores to life through the power of live orchestral performance. Dress up as your favorite character and share your love of cinema with fellow fans during this family-friendly event.

Pre-Concert Talks: New this season! Enhance your concert experience with pre-concert talks featuring Musicologist Bradley Berg and Music Director Eric Garcia. Learn about the music you're about to hear and gain insights into the repertoire and composers. Bring your questions and join us for an enlightening discussion before the performance begins. Please gather inside the concert hall by the stage.

  • Matinee Pre-Concert Talk: 11:45 AM

  • Evening Pre-Concert Talk: 6:15 PM


Additional Information:

  • No images, film clips, or other media will be shown during the concert. This all-music program puts the spotlight on the Boise Philharmonic's performance.

  • John Williams will not be present at this concert.

Get ready to be swept away by the magic of John Williams' timeless music!


2) FREE Family Concert: Music History Mystery Tour

  • Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024

  • Time: 5:30 PM

  • Location: South Junior High, 3101 Cassia St, Boise, ID 83705

  • Description: Join us for a free Family Concert at South Junior High as the Boise Phil performs “Music History Mystery Tour”. Ever wondered what it would be like to travel through music history? Well, now's your chance! Join Prof. Tutti and their trusty sidekick, Tacet, as they embark on a thrilling journey to uncover the mystery behind disappearing musical melodies. Alongside the Boise Philharmonic, they'll encounter composers and pieces both familiar and new, promising an unforgettable musical adventure for the whole family. Don't miss out on this unique collaboration with the Boise Contemporary Theater!

Music History Mystery Tour Program:

  • Hildegard von Bingen – Karitas Habundat

  • Francesco Landini – Ecco la Primavera

  • Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony 25

  • Pytor Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet

  • Duke Ellington – It don’t mean a thing

  • Jim Cockey – Fanfare for Hope and Freedom


3) Boise Phil Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

Description: The Boise Phil Youth Orchestras provide outstanding musical training and experiences to over 175 talented young musicians throughout the Treasure Valley. All three orchestras (Symphonic, Concert, and Strings) are under the direction of Music Director Jennifer Drake. Our young musicians attend weekly rehearsals, receive professional coaching from Boise Phil orchestra musicians, and perform throughout the year in our community.


Additional Information:

  • Symphonic and Concert Orchestras are open to violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, & percussion students in 9th-12th grade by audition only. Strings Orchestra is open to 5th - 8th grade violin, viola, cello, and bass students by audition only. (Tuition scholarships are available for any student in need.)

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