Magic is afoot at Symphony Center!

Music meets magic at Once Upon a Symphony

By Chicago Symphony Orchestra March 13, 2023

Produced and presented in partnership with Chicago Children’s Theatre, Once Upon a Symphony: The Elves and the Shoemaker tells the story of a poor shoemaker and his wife who have only enough leather to make one last pair of shoes. While the shoemaker sleeps, someone fashions the most perfect pair of shoes imaginable — and a delighted customer pays twice the asking price. Discover who could have done such marvelous work and whether or not the magic will continue!
Once Upon a Symphony programs combine vibrant music played by CSO musicians, storytelling and enchanting visuals to create the perfect first concert experience for the young people in your life! 
The Elves and the Shoemaker explores how we all need help at times, and how our connections with one another are strengthened when we receive it.
CSO for Kids programs like this one are just one of the many ways for families to experience Symphony Center and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. For over a century, the CSO has presented programming that is designed specifically for children and their families or teachers. CSO for Kids encompasses a wide array of live concerts and digital offerings that immerse young audiences in the magical world of symphonic music.

Make the Most of Your Day Downtown!

Once Upon a Symphony: The Elves and the Shoemaker performances are just 45 minutes long, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy your day downtown! Make an afternoon of your visit to Symphony Center with this easy-to-use guide, detailing parking and transportation options, exclusive dining deals and fun postconcert activities.

Get started by reserving your tickets for Once Upon a Symphony: The Elves and the Shoemaker today! Main Floor tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for youth.

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