Thank you for joining us at Once Upon a Symphony. We hope you and your child enjoyed your experience at Symphony Center. It is our hope that the sounds, images and experiences of “Stone Soup” will be fond memories and that you will go home with newfound interest in and curiosity about the world of music.

How can I keep exploring music after the performance?

Your Once Upon a Symphony experience is just the beginning of a rich musical journey for you and your family.

  • After you leave Symphony Center, we encourage you to continue exploring the music from the program. Sing the “Hello” or “Goodbye” songs that you learned during this program. Visit the Symphony Store to purchase recordings or download playlists through Spotify of the works featured in this program:
    • Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Chorale by Johannes Brahms
    • Magic Fire Music from Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
    • Daphnis et Chloe, Suite 2 opening, by Maurice Ravel
  • Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Finale by Johannes Brahms

Try playing a simple game with your children, in which you play a piece, and ask them if they remember what part of the story it goes with, or what kind of movement it goes with.

  • Sing the “Stone Soup” song with your child. It is sung to the melody from Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Chorale by Johannes Brahms.
  • Help me make some stone soup, stone soup
    Made with love and sharing.
    Bring your bits and pieces, pieces
    Less makes more, together.
  • Explore how composers take a melody, like the one from above, and change it around to make it more interesting. Use the following suggestions for creating your own theme and variations to the “Stone Soup” song:
    1. Sing the song
    2. Whisper the song
    3. Sing the song
    4. Clap the song
    5. Sing the song
  • To reinforce your child’s memory of the instruments played in “Stone Soup,” coloring pages have been added at the end of this document.
  • If your child expresses interest in learning more about music, including a specific interest in one of the instruments featured on this program, visit Making Music to find a listing of local community music schools and the programs that fit your child’s needs or interests.

Where can I find additional information on resources and activities for parents and young children?

How can I keep exploring storytelling and reading after the performance?

  • Explore more fairy tales at your local library or bookseller.
  • Visit the Chicago Public Library’s website to learn about reading resources and programs offered for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
  • To learn about the powerful impact reading together can have on your child, read Reading Magic by Mem Fox.
  • To learn how to help your child develop crucial early literacy skills, visit Get Ready to Read!, a resource site for parents of all pre-school children created by the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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Instruments that I saw at Once Upon a Symphony’s “Stone Soup”


Instruments that I saw at Once Upon a Symphony


Instruments that I saw at Once Upon a Symphony

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Instruments that I saw at Once Upon a Symphony