Introduce your family to the orchestra

This dynamic week-long festival will see over 4,000 young people from kindergarten to tertiary level, share and make music with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

We welcome back internationally acclaimed composer and educator, Paul Rissmann, to lead the week's programs, each linking to the ASO's theme of storytelling.


Out of this World

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Award-winning British composer and presenter Paul Rissmann returns to the ASO with a performance that will take you out of your seat, and out of this world!


At the centre of the performance will be the Australian premiere of Rissmann’s newest composition, Wonderland, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland.


Featuring 70 singers from Young Adelaide Voices, and with music by Beethoven, Paul Stanhope, and the bold themes from the movies Star Wars and The Incredibles, we invite you and your family to share in an evening of interactive fun and adventure.


Wed 7 Jun
60 min
Adelaide Town Hall
Suitable for ages 7+

Happy Town

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Narrated by the charismatic Paul Rissmann, hear the story of Chutney the Chimpanzee as he transforms the town of Drabsville into a town of colour and joy.


Based on the book by Giles Andreae, The Chimpanzees of Happy Town will be brought to life by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as they perform Rissmann’s vibrant score in its Australian Premiere.


Delightful images by illustrator Guy Parker Rees will be projected above the orchestra, and children are invited to perform with the orchestra through participatory songs and actions.


With important messages of how love and care creates family and community, this fun-filled story is sure to put a smile on the faces of young and old alike.


Sat 10 Jun
45 min

Adelaide Town Hall

Suitable for ages 3 - 8

In Flight

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As part of the ASO's commitment to nurture the next generation of musicians, this project will see ASO musicians working with music students in a side by side performance featuring works of Ravel and Stravinsky, conducted by Luke Dollman. As a centrepiece to the concert, a group of students from the Elder Conservatorium will present a brand new work, inspired by Ravel’s Mother Goose and Stravinsky’s Firebird, following a week of creative workshops led by internationally acclaimed composer and educator Paul Rissmann. 

For bookings, please phone Elder Hall on 08 8331 5286. 

Fri 02 Jun
60 min
Elder Hall
Suitable for all ages

Mad Hatter's Music

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Join jazz violinist Julian Ferraretto for a creative music workshop inspired by the Mad Hatter and the weird and wacky world of Wonderland. Children will create a brand new piece of music assisted by ASO Professional Pathways students. Bring your instrument or borrow one of ours!

These are FREE 45 minute workshops, taking place in the Art Gallery of SA's Radford Auditorium. First come, first served on the day.

Sun 4 Jun
1:15PM & 2:15PM
Art Gallery of SA
Suitable for ages 7 - 12


Wonderland Workshop

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This creative workshop will enable children to bring to life the enchanting story of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland through music and song. Inspired by the curious and curiouser surroundings of Wonderland, singer Elizabeth McCall presents this dynamic workshop, assisted by students of the ASO’s Professional Pathways program.

These are FREE 45 minute workshops, taking place in the Art Gallery of SA's Radford Auditorium. First come, first served on the day.

Sun 4 Jun
11:15AM & 12:15PM
Art Gallery of SA
Suitable for ages 5+ (must be with an adult)