COVID admittance protocols are in place for all performances of the Louisville Orchestra. Mandatory masking for everyone age 2 and above. Either proof of COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours must be presented with a government issued ID or parent/guardian authorization for children age 5 and up. Antigen tests will be available at the door for those who arrive without the proofs.

Once Upon An Orchestra


The Louisville Orchestra presents free concerts for families presented in partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library and other local organizations. Families are invited to join LO small ensembles for interactive storytelling through music performances. These 30-minute concerts will entertain and delight young children with goals of increasing readiness for school and laying a foundation for a greater interest in music and creativity. Following each performance, families are invited to stay and make an instrument from recycled materials. For more inspiration on turning trash into music, visit the LO Family Music Activities resource page.

No reservations are necessary. Just come to your local Louisville Free Public Library branch and enjoy!

Dates and times                 Library                               Address                                             Program

18 NOV at 7PM                 Iroquois                              601 W. Woodlawn Ave., 40215           Where The Wild Things Are
20 NOV at 2PM                Newburg                           4800 Exeter Ave., 40218                      Storytelling Adventure
08 DEC at 6PM                 Northeast Regional           15 Bellevoir Circle, 40223                   Michael Finney & the Magic Songbook
20 DEC at 2PM                 Crescent Hill                     2762 Frankfort Ave., 40206                Where The Wild Things Are
21 DEC at 2PM                  Southwest Regional         9725 Dixie Highway, 40272                 Trip to the Musical Zoo
13 JAN at 10:15AM            Shively                               3920 Dixie Highway, 40216                 Musical Friends from Around the World
01 FEB at 4PM                  Western                              604 South Tenth Street, 40203           Peter and the Wolf
17 FEB at 6:30PM             Fairdale                              10620 W. Manslick Road, 40118           Musical Friends from Around the World
22 FEB at 2PM                 Middletown                        12556 Shelbyville Road, 40243           Trip to the Musical Zoo
22 FEB at 7PM                 Shawnee                            3912 West Broadway, 40211                  Storytelling Adventure
04 APR at 2PM                Highlands-Shelby Park      1250 Bardstown Road #4, 40204         Storytelling Adventure
06 APR at 2PM                Bon Air                                2816 Del Rio Place, 40220                    Where the Wild Things Are
07 APR at 2PM                South Central Regional      7300 Jefferson Boulevard, 40219         Musical Friends from Around the World
07 APR at 6PM                Portland                               3305 Northwestern Parkway, 40212     Musical Friends from Around the World


Music Programs
Selected by the librarians at each branch

Where the Wild Things Are: In Music and Color
Join along with a musical telling of the famous children’s story of Where the Wild Things
by Maurice Sendak. Audience members will be asked to draw along with the story, letting the music inspire their own setting of the story.

The Storytelling Adventure
Music captures many feelings and moods. Using classical themes and variations the audience will create a story with Louisville Orchestra musicians inspired by how the music makes you feel. Characters come to life when pairing music with collaborative,
interactive storytelling.

Musical Friends from Around the World
Sharing music and stories from different cultures musicians share personal stories
related to where they are from – Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Holland!

Peter and the Wolf
Meet instruments from the woodwind family and hear the classic story of Peter and the
Wolf. The audience will help play the characters from the story of this condensed version of the tale.

Michael Finney and the Magic Songbook
Join a string quartet in an original story adventure with fairies and elves as
they try to outsmart an evil dragon and save the day with a magic songbook.
The audience will learn about melody and rhythm to help tell the magical

Trip to the Musical Zoo
A string quintet takes you on a musical journey through a zoo with the famous Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens. The audience will not only enjoy the journey but have fun acting like the animals too!

SPONSORED BY:  The Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, Brown-Forman Foundation, and Heaven Hill Brands