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Cushion Concert

An interactive series that invites young audiences and their families to get up close and personal to TMO in a kid-friendly environment. Children can bring their cushions and rugs to these shorter concerts (without interval) in the morning and early afternoon and sit on the floor where they can see, hear and interact with the music and the musicians.

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Please bring a cushion if you’d like to sit on the floor!

2017 Cushion Concert Series - Animal Adventures

Cushion Concert 1

11am & 1pm Sat 27 May & Sun 28 May  

Balmain Town Hall

Hear birds singing, lions roaring, elephants stomping and even an unhappy Aardvark, all played by the orchestra!  
With excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and even some of your favourite animal nursery rhymes to sing along to, there’s something for all family members!
This fun concert will ignite little imaginations as they explore the orchestra in a kid-friendly environment.
Presenter: Nat Jobe
Conductor: Bernard Walz

Balmain Town Hall
370 Darling Street, Balmain NSW 2041
Supported by Inner West Council


2017 Cushion Concert Series - Movies, Dreams & Adventures

11am & 1.30pm Saturday 5th August

Petersham Town Hall

Music From Movies Brought To Life With The Metropolitan Orchestra 

In their second family concert for 2017 titled Movies, Dreams and Adventures, The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) with Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams will bring to life some of the greatest film scores of all time alongside music designed to inspire dreams and adventures in this epic family musical event.  Featuring loved music from big budget movies including Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek, Batman, ET, Star Wars and Frozen, this electrifying concert will also present two world premieres from emerging Australian Composers including a Viking French Horn soloist.

Get dressed as your favourite movie character and join Queen Elsa from Frozen, Spiderman, Jedi Knights and other movie characters amongst the 60 musicians from TMO.  These two family friendly concerts with presenter are designed to inspire a love of music in children and stir the emotions in parents who have loved these movies since childhood.  Kids and families are encouraged to bring cushions and rugs to each of the casual morning or early afternoon performances.

Designed by Artistic Director Sarah-Grace Williams who was previously the Artistic Director of the now defunct Sydney Opera House Babies Proms, The Metropolitan Orchestra’s Family Cushion Concert series invites young audiences and their families to get close to each instrument of the orchestra in these fun and energetic kid-friendly shows. Children and families are encouraged to bring cushions and rugs to each concert performed without interval in the morning and early afternoon where they can see, hear, engage and enjoy all the music and musicians of the orchestra.


2017 Cushion Concert Series - Peter and the Wolf


11am & 1pm Sat 23 Sept & Sun 24 Sept 

Balmain Town Hall

Arguably the most popular children’s work in the classical orchestral repertoire, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf will enchant, entertain and educate young audiences.   Take your children on this amazing musical journey with Peter and his Grandfather, the Bird, Cat, Duck, the Hunters, and of course the big, bad, Wolf. During this interactive performance children are introduced to each of the musical instruments that represent the different character of this timeless story.

Presented by energetic children’s entertainer Tyran Parke and conducted by Sarah-Grace Williams previously of the Sydney Opera House Baby Proms, this is a chance to give your children a fun and engaging musical experience where they can get the unique opportunity to get up close to their favourite instruments of the orchestra.  Watch your little one fall in love with beautiful music and start a lifetime love not only of a fabulous story, but of fun and fantastically presented, high-quality music.

Concerts sold out in 2016 at this intimate venue. Secure your tickets today. All tickets just $15.00 each.

Saturday 23 September, 11am & 1pm

Sunday 24 September, 11am & 1pm

Narrated by Tyran Parke

Conducted by Sarah-Grace Williams




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