20-minute concerts for our youngest listeners. These delightful mini-presentations teach musical concepts, offer hands-on activities, and encourage lots of movement and dancing. Developed in collaboration with Berkeley’s Crowden Music Center, we expand our series this season into San Francisco, San Mateo, and Berkeley.

Admission is free to all concertgoers. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open to everyone 20 minutes before concert time.

A One and a Two

Adventures in Counting

Sat, Oct 18 10am, 10:45am & 11:30am
Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Ave, San Mateo

Sat, Oct 18 2pm, 2:45pm & 3:30pm
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St, San Francisco

Sun, Oct 19 10:40am, 11:20am & 12pm
Community Music Day
The Crowden School
1475 Rose St, Berkeley

One, two, three, four—what is the rhythm we’re tapping on the floor? If you can count to four, and even if you can’t, come and let the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra teach you how important numbers are in music. Patterns build into structures and divide into details. Twos, threes, and fours swirl around each other with every note. The conductor must count… the musicians must count… and we’ll teach you to count too!

Bang on a Pan

Fun with Percussion

Sat, Jan 17 10am, 10:45am & 11:30am
Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Ave, San Mateo

Sat, Jan 17 2pm, 2:45pm & 3:30pm
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St, San Francisco

Mon, Jan 19 11am & 12pm
The Crowden School
1475 Rose St, Berkeley

The oldest musical instrument is the rock. Not even cavemen could resist the urge to tap stones together and start getting their groove on! Meet three of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s team of top percussionists, those versatile musicians that can be found at the back of the orchestra, handling everything from a bass drum and cymbals to a thundersheet and crotales. This presentation is guaranteed to astound you—and likely to make things a bit noisier around the house for a while.