Friday, June 14, 2024

Members of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra pause during a December 2009 rehearsal in Greater Boston Vineyard Church. A CSO family concert will be held there Sunday. (Photo: Marc Levy)

A “Family Fun!” concert by the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, with some atypical events following music chosen to appeal to people of all ages:

  • Hector Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture.”
  • Camille Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3, Allegro non troppo, with violinist Francesca Bass, 15, of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, who was recently featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top.”
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” with special host and narrator Ray Brown of WGBH.

After the musical selections, “audience will be invited to participate in our ‘instrument petting zoo’ — to try out some of the instruments,” said Carol Thomas, publicist for the community music organization. The instruments are on loan from Rayburn Music.

Audience members are also invited to chat with orchestra musicians,Thomas said.

There are more than 70, from Cambridge and surrounding communities, who perform several times per season in three masterworks concerts, an annual family concert, a free outdoor Pops-style concert and free outreach concerts for audiences with limited access to live orchestral music.

The orchestra, now in its 36th season, is led by musical director Cynthia Woods.

The concert will be held at Greater Boston Vineyard Church, 170 Rindge Ave., Cambridge. For tickets, send e-mail to [email protected], call (617) 576-1819 or go to

This post was written from a press release.