Building on our commitment to increase access to the arts, the Boulder Phil offers sensory-friendly performances, especially created for families living with autism and other disabilities. 

BSensory Friendly Concertoulder Phil Brass Quintet
Saturday, March 3―11 AM       
Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
   

Created especially for families living with autism and other disabilities, this free event is a welcoming concert experience for the whole family.

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What is a sensory-friendly event?
Expect a quieter and more brightly-lit environment, as well as a welcoming attitude from the performers and other audience members that encourages movement and expression. Though the performance is geared towards children living with autism and their families, this event is open to the entire community.

“Music is for everybody – or it should be.”
~9-year-old sibling of a child on the autism spectrum

Kids with sensory disorders get a chance to engage and experience music at Boulder concerts (7News Denver, 3/11/17)

Hip, hip hooray for the gentle ballet (Denver Post editorial, 11/19/16)

Boulder Ballet, Boulder Phil stage sensory-friendly 'Nutcracker' (Daily Camera, 11/18/16)

Sensory Friendly Events Provide Inclusion for ALL Families! (Ability Connection Colorado, 11/18/16)

First sensory friendly 'Gentle Nutcracker' coming to Boulder (7News Denver, 11/13/16)

 

City Arts & Culture

Brainsong

Boulder Library Foundation


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Boulder Phil is an Opening Doors Partner with the Autism Society of Colorado

 

Past Events

 

Sensory-Friendly Concert
Saturday, February 18, 2 PM and 3:30 PM

Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
FREE
No tickets or advance reservations required – first-come, first-served for both performances

Featuring a Boulder Philharmonic String Quartet - performances will be identical.

The performance is free, thanks to the generosity of the Boulder Library Foundation and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra


Gentle Nutcracker
Wednesday, November 23, 2 PM

Macky Auditorium, Boulder
For the first time, we will present a sensory-friendly “Gentle Nutcracker” (Act II only), in collaboration with Boulder Ballet

Details


Sensory-Friendly Concert
Saturday, November 19, 2 PM and 3:30 PM

Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
FREE
No tickets or advance reservations required – first-come, first-served for both performances

A Boulder Philharmonic Wind Quintet will perform Peter and the Wolf along with other classical favorites. Performances will be identical.

The performance is free, thanks to the generosity of the Boulder Library Foundation and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra


Sensory-Friendly Concert
Sunday, April 10, 2016, 4 PM

Canyon Theatre at the Boulder Library
1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

Boulder Phil String QuartetJoin us for a sensory-friendly chamber music concert created especially for families of children on the autism spectrum, presented by the Boulder Phil in collaboration with the Boulder Public Library. While studies show that music, dance and theater profoundly affect children with autism, there are few avenues in our community for these families to experience live arts performances without shame, guilt and fear. But at this concert, it’s OK to be exactly who you are and to experience the immense joys of music in a public setting.

What is a sensory-friendly event? Expect a quieter and more brightly-lit environment, as well as a welcoming attitude from the performers and other audience members that encourages movement and expression. Though the performance is geared towards children living with autism and their families, this event is open to the entire community.

Benjamin TarasewiczAudience members will be treated to the works of favorite composers like Mendelssohn, Haydn and Dvořák performed by the Boulder Phil String Quartet, with 2014 Temple Grandin Award winner Benjamin Tarasewicz as a guide. The concert runs approximately one hour, and attendees can choose to move in and out of the theater at any point during the performance in order to access adjacent gallery, library and outdoor spaces.

Read the Daily Camera articles about the series:

Boulder County kids with autism inspire series of sensory-friendly concerts

Boulder Philharmonic breaks down barriers

Music Director Michael Butterman said he hopes the sensory-friendly show will become a reoccurring event for the Boulder Phil. "This fits into the larger aim of the Boulder Phil, which is to be more things to more people and to share what we do with a wider swath of the community," he said.

 

 

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