Symphony Performs Sensory-Friendly Shows

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
A sensory-friendly performance by the New Albany Symphony Orchestra

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra kicks off this season’s sensory-friendly music series with an homage to Beethoven and Bernstein.

“Beethoven 9 – Sensory Friendly” will begin at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6 in the Schottenstein Theater of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany. The concert, led by Luis Biava, will showcase “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 as well as “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein.

NASO’s Saturday at the Symphony series offers four hourlong matinees throughout the season. The shows offer special accommodations for families with young children, music lovers on the autism spectrum, and adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Pre-show activities include crafts and an instrument “petting zoo.” Special “What to Expect at the Concert” materials can be downloaded from the symphony’s website so attendees can prepare for the concert.

Other shows in the series, which is sponsored by grant funding from the PNC Arts Alive initiative, include:

  • “Santa and the Symphony” at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15.
  • “Sleeping Beauty” at 2 p.m. March 9.
  • “Viva Italia” at 11:30 a.m. April 27.

Tickets, $8, are available in advance and at the door starting an hour before the performance. For more information, go to