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 or other community organization and enjoy!

Dates and times                 Library                               Address                                             Program

23 MAR at 7PM              Jeffersontown*                 10635 Watterson Trail, 40299               Where the Wild Things Are
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
21 APR at 10:15AM          Shively                               3920 Dixie Highway, 40216                 Musical Friends from Around the World
25 APR at 6PM               Western**                           604 South Tenth Street, 40203           Where the Wild Things Are
26 APR at 5:30PM          Republic Bank YMCA**     1720 W Broadway, 40203                     Musical Friends from Around the World
16 MAY at 6PM               Portland**                           3305 Northwestern Parkway, 40212    Storytelling Adventure

*Performance made possible by My Big Little Adventure
**Performance made possible by Heaven Hill Brands


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 Are 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 story.

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