Classical Fun for Families


The Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts is a nonprofit performing arts organization. “We have a mission to enrich the lives of people who live in the [Boulder] area by offering access to really high quality live music and also to education programs. It’s about educating folks, but also making their lives more fulfilling by making it more fun to live in this area,” says Andrew Bradford, the executive director of the organization.

One way the Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts fulfills its mission is through a series of family concerts. For example, there was a concert on June 27th at Chautauqua Auditorium that Bradford called a “Young People’s Concert.” Actors from the Local Theatre Company came to entertain along with the musicians. During a stunning performance of Peter and the Wolf the actors kept the children in the audience engaged by using bright, colorful costumes and props. Also, during the show, if the children got bored, they could simply flip to a part of the program booklet that included a coloring book to doodle or color the story of Peter and the Wolf.

There are also what Bradford calls “Family Fun Concerts.” “The idea with the Family Fun Concerts is that a small group of our musicians puts together a program that teaches young kids, parents, people of all ages about music, but also about instruments.” There will be a set of wind ensemble shows on July 10th and 11th, presenting a reduction of Hansel and Gretel, and then a second set of performances by a string quartet on July 31st and August 1st. Also, Bradford says that the concerts are purposefully short (under one hour) so families can drop by on the afternoon of the show, listen to the music, and then continue on with their day.

I highly recommend these very fun concerts to anyone age 3 and above. Tickets for concerts at Chautauqua Auditorium (July 10th and 31st) are $5, and performances at the Lafayette Public Library (July 11th and August 1st) are free.