The Planets Family Concert by Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Disclaimer: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is providing me with tickets for The Planets. All opinions are 100% mine.

On Sunday, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will conclude their 2013-2014 Benard L. Maas Foundation Family Concert Series with The Planets. The concert will feature special guest cellist Lev Mamuya, a 16 year old who won the Sphinx Competition. The guest emcee for the event will be astronaut Tony England.

The Planets Concert will feature music such as:

Provided by A2SO

  • The Planets by Holst
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss (the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
  • “Jupiter” Symphony by Mozart
  • Music from Star Wars by John Williams
The concert is Sunday, March 23 at 4p at the Michigan Theater. There will be pre-concert activities in the lobby from 2:30-3:30p. Prior to the show there will be an instrument petting zoo with other pre-show activities presented by UM Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and Ann Arbor Art Center. NASA and the Johnson Space Center have loaned an Apollo Space Suit that was used on the moon for viewing and photographing. After the show, Astronaut Tony England will be signing autographs.
My daughter has been fascinated by this concert ever since she saw the picture of Conductor Arie Lipsky conducting with a lightsaber in the program when we attended the first Family Concert this year. She is a big Star Wars fan and the music from Star Wars is one of her favorite wake-up songs. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their light sabers and come in costume. I’m sure she’ll be debating bringing a lightsaber or dressing in her Princess Leia costume. 
In addition to her love of Star Wars, the concert is perfectly timed for my daughter since her class is currently studying the solar system in science.
This fall when I took my daughter to see the first concert in the series Beethoven Lives Upstairs, she was initially hesitant and worried that the concert would be boring, but she ended up loving it. They  do a great job at the Family Concert Series making the orchestra interesting for the kids. I would recommend the concerts for kids from preschool through elementary or even middle school. My daughter is definitely excited for The Planets.
Additionally, Mir’s Oriental Rugs has donated 3 space-themed rugs which will be raffled off at the concert. You can enter in the lobby before the show or in person at Mir Oriental’s Rugs through Saturday afternoon. 
Tickets for the concert are $8 for children and $12 for adults. Tickets are available for purchase online.


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