NSO Family Concert: Lights! Canvas! Music!
You’ve heard of paint by numbers, right? Well, get ready for paint by MUSIC! In this new program unlike any other NSO Family Concert, internationally acclaimed “speed painter” Dan Dunn joins the orchestra to turn your favorite music into amazing visual artwork in a matter of musical measures! Armed with dozens of brushes and gallons of paint from every layer of the rainbow, Dan begins splashing colors every which way at the speed of sound, creating jaw-dropping images on giant canvases that frequently keep you guessing until the very last second. From National Geographic to the Super Bowl, Dan’s adrenaline-fueled, rib-tickling talents have wowed children and adults alike, leading Jimmy Fallon on his talk show to rave he’ll “blow your mind… the guy is fantastic!” Add a smattering of classical and popular selections played by the NSO with conductor Roger Kalia, and this is one concert that brings music to life in a way you have to see to believe.
NSO Family Concerts are most enjoyed by age 5 and up.
Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission
The 2 p.m. performance is sensory-friendly.
Our 2 p.m. performance of Lights! Canvas! Music! is sensory-friendly, designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. In fact, we hear from many of our families that sensory-friendly performances are a great opportunity to introduce the orchestra or the performing arts to young children who are new to these exciting experiences. (If you attend the 2 p.m. performance of Lights! Canvas! Music! and do not require these accommodations, your family is still very much welcome at the concert.)
Come early for a Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they’ll see played on the stage–from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion–in the Atrium. A project of the Women’s Committee for the NSO.
Stay after the 4 p.m. concert for a Kids’ Chat. Young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.