Field Trip: San Francisco Symphony Concert for Kids

This was the second year Melody attended the Concert for Kids event at the San Francisco Symphony. It’s a great way for kids to get exposure to classical music, different instruments, and something people would usually pay $100 or more to see. These concerts are only $5 and geared towards kids (each concert is less than 45 minutes long)! The children’s concert (grades K-3) was sold out this year, so we attended the youth concert (grades 4-9). Melody invited Joyce’s brother, Eric, as a guest to come along this year. It was pouring rain when we arrived in San Francisco for the concert.

Double Bass

Our Lower Level Box Seats

Melody’s view of stage left

Checking out an app on Kow-Fu’s iPhone (I think it was Draw Something)

Getting ready for the concert

The brass section (they were hilarious in bringing out different colored brass toward the end of the concert)

The concertmaster playing “A” for everyone else to tune to

Maestro Donato Cabrera

Conducting the first piece

Talking to the audience

Invited a composer to come and share about how he came up with his piece (complete with explanation about instrumentation and dynamics). The composer also narrated.

Composer with the symphony

The SF Symphony with Flute Soloist, Annie Wu from the San Francisco Youth Orchestra

Melody clapping during one of the songs in demonstrating rhythm

Maestro departing after the concert was over

We went to Brenda’s French Soul Food for lunch afterwards. Last year, we didn’t get to go because of the long line and big group we went with.

Cup of Chicken, Sausage & Okra Gumbo


Hush Puppies with Chipotle Remoulade


Flight of the Beignets (Crawfish, Granny Smith Apple, Chocolate, and Plain as shown below from top to bottom)


Eric’s Pulled Pork Sandwich with French Fries


Melody’s HUGE Buttermilk Pancakes with Seasonal Fruit and also eating her Granny Smith Apple Beignet


Melody pointing to where we were on the BART System Map

Patiently waiting for our BART train to take us home

– Norm