BOULDER, Colo. Mar. 12, 2024 — Music fans and families who enjoy live performances can join the musicians of the Boulder Symphony & Music Academy for a family concert at eTown, 1535 Spruce St., in downtown Boulder, on Mar. 23, with productions at 2:15 and 3:15 p.m.

Boulder Symphony’s “Curiosity Concerts,” programmed for families and children of all ages, are original shows with fun and recognizable tunes. The upcoming concert, “Tamiko and the Magic Violin,” features a Japanese tanuki who teaches the audience of the different instruments, emphasizing that all instruments have an important voice in playing harmoniously and that our differences make us stronger. This show is for all ages but is aimed for children ages 4 to 12 and includes an interactive song and dance.

This original program was created in collaboration with the Japanese Arts Network and is proudly sponsored by Sopris Consulting.

Boulder Symphony’s Curiosity Concerts create an interactive and educational experience that will inspire and entertain young and old alike. Before each concert begins, the audience calls out instruments for the orchestra to demonstrate. The performances use trivia, humorous characters, and enriching stories to engage, entertain, and educate the audience throughout the performance.

Devin Patrick Hughes, music director and conductor of the Boulder Symphony, says:

“I am so excited to continue our Curiosity Concert series with an exploration and immersion in Japanese folk music and folklore. In addition to learning about the instruments of the orchestra, our audience will also experience the amazing world of Japanese instruments, including Tico drums and the Shamisen. At Boulder Symphony, we are always so excited and proud to share music from around the world through the lens of the orchestra.”

Margaret Ozaki Graves, of the Japanese Arts Network and Central City Opera, says:

“I’m so excited to bring ‘Tamiko and the Magic Violin’ to Boulder Symphony and to share Japanese folk music, instruments, dance, and stories with the Boulder area audience.”

These concerts are in partnership with Boulder Symphony Music Academy, which offers private music lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages for any instrument, voice, and conducting.

The program is 45 minutes long and will feature an instrument petting zoo provided by H.B. Woodsongs for 30 minutes after each of the concerts for kids to try some instruments.

These concerts typically sell out each year, so get your tickets today here.