Gershwin’s Magic Key – An A2SO Family Concert

Disclosure: The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has sponsored this post. All opinions are my own.

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is kicking off their 2015-2016 Family Concert Season on Sunday, October 25 at 4p with Gershwin’s Magic Key at the Michigan Theater.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Gershwin's Magic Key

Gershwin’s Magic Key

Gershwin’s Magic Key combines the musical performance of Gershwin’s work by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra with a theatrical performance. The actors will portray a chance meeting on the streets of New York between a poor newspaper boy and George Gershwin.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Gershwin's Magic Key - Gershwin Talks to the Boy

Photo Provided by Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Used with Permission


In the show, as a friendship grows between Gershwin and the boy, they will explore both the melting pot of American music and the boy’s musical potential. The performance will include over 20 of Gershwin’s compositions including Porgy & Bess, American in Paris, and Rhapsody in Blue.

In 2013 my daughter and I attended a similar Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra performance,  Beethoven Lives Upstairs. We both really enjoyed the combination of the music with the stories of the life of Beethoven. Having the action on stage made the concert more interesting for my daughter and also helped her to learn more about Beethoven. The Symphony also performed a similar show last year, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage. 

Pre-Show Activities

Plan to arrive to the concert early. There will be children’s activities in the lobby of the Michigan Theater from 2:30-3:30p. The pre-show activities are different for each show as they are provided by various local organizations. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra also hosts an Instrument Petting Zoo. I definitely recommend arriving early for Gershwin’s Magic Key to take advantage of the Pre-Show Activities.


Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Gershwin's Magic Key - Pre Show Activities

Tickets for Gershwin’s Magic Key

Tickets for Gershwin’s Magic Key are $12 for adults and $8 for children. You can purchase tickets online. There is a $3 handling fee for online ticket purchases. You may also purchase tickets by e-mailing, or by calling 734-994-4801. There is also several subscription options. A subscription for the family series is $30 for an adult and $18 for a child.. If you are a first time subscriber, you can get a free child subscription with your adult subscription. You can also include the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Family Concerts with a subscription to the Michigan Theater’s Not Just for Kids series. 

Disclosure: Ann Arbor with Kids is compensated for sales through Groupon links

Groupon currently has a deal on tickets for Gershwin’s Magic Key. You can purchase tickets for $8/ticket (must purchase together to sit together). The ticket offer is available through October 14 or while supplies last.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Gershwin's Magic Key - The Newspaper Boy

Other Family Concert Series Performances

There are two additional concerts in the 2015-2016 Family Concert Series. The annual Sing Along with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Bethlehem United Church of Christ. Last year’s popular Magical World of Disney returns on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Michigan Theater.




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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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