Family Entertainment: Classical picks

The Boston Children’s Chorus will perform at the Shalin Liu center in Rockport on May 6.
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The Boston Children’s Chorus will perform at the Shalin Liu center in Rockport on May 6.

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra takes on Mahler’s monumental Sixth Symphony, a work of staggering emotional weight and pathos. The performance will be conducted by Benjamin Zander, an enthusiastic guide into the world of classical music for new listeners as well as a noted Mahler aficionado. Symphony Hall. April 23, 3 p.m. 617-236-0999,

BOSTON LYRIC OPERA Mozart’s delightful romantic comedy of errors “The Marriage of Figaro” is an excellent introduction to live opera for older children, with memorable music and plenty of laughs. John Hancock Hall, Back Bay Events Center. April 28 and 30, May 3, 5, and 7. 617-542-6772,

MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD The music of early American immigrants comes to life with “Scores from the Suitcase,” a program that places pieces carried to this country side by side with early Moravian American music. Emmanuel Church. April 28, 8 p.m. 781-466-6694,


SOUND SCULPTURE Masary Studios’ free interactive public installation invites everyone to manipulate blocks to create unique compositions of sound, sculpture, and light. A special family showing is scheduled for April 29 at noon. Boston Innovation & Design Building. April 28-29.

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BOSTON YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Magic lights up the stage of Symphony Hall with “Presto Change-o,” a whimsical concert geared toward children ages 3-8 and their families. Marta Zurad conducts the Young People’s String Orchestra in a program of classical and Broadway favorites, and magician Matt Roberts will perform tricks and illusions. Presented through the Boston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert program. Symphony Hall. April 29, noon. 800-266-1200,

DEDHAM CHORAL SOCIETY The libretto of James Whitbourn’s affecting work “Annelies” is compiled from the diary of Anne Frank. Dedham Choral Society performs with soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad. Jordan Hall. April 30, 3 p.m. 781-326-1520,

JORDAN HALL FIRST MONDAY Every first Monday during the academic year, accomplished New England Conservatory faculty and other musicians perform chamber music for free. Musically minded families will enjoy May’s concert, featuring Monteverdi’s eighth book of madrigals and Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldat.” Jordan Hall. May 1, 7:30 p.m.

YOUNG VOICES AT ROCKPORT MUSIC The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore presents “One Earth — Many Songs,” featuring music by Bach, Schubert, Copland, and more. These singers, age 10 through high school, are drawn from communities all over the North Shore. That’s May 5, 7 p.m. Then the renowned Boston Children’s Chorus, with singers drawn from diverse communities all over the Boston area, arrives May 6, 3 p.m. Joined by singer-songwriter Shea Rose, the ensemble will use choral music to explore the theme of bravery amid the challenges facing today’s youth. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, 978-546-7391,


CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE At Chameleon Arts Ensemble’s annual family concert, audience members are invited to join the artists for an “instrument petting zoo” after a free kid-friendly short program. Weld Hall, Hyde Park Branch Library. June 3, 2 p.m.

OPERA ON SCREEN Can’t make it to New York? Bring the whole family to a Met Live in HD broadcast at a local theater. Four cinemas inside the I-95 belt will show “Eugene Onegin” (April 22) starring Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei, and “Der Rosenkavalier” (May 13) featuring Renée Fleming as the Marschallin in her final role under her Metropolitan Opera contract. Also, Coolidge Corner Theatre screens “Madama Butterfly” from London’s Royal Opera House on April 30, and there’s Verdi’s “I Due Foscari” on May 14 with Placido Domingo starring. Met Live in HD: Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline. 617-734-2500,

Zoë Madonna can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @knitandlisten. Madonna’s work is supported by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

In an earlier version, the item on the Dedham Choral Society misspelled the organization’s web address and the last name of composer James Whitbourn.