Concerts for Kids returns in May with Tubby the Tuba

The Akron Symphony Orchestra’s popular Concerts for Kids series returns in May with several performances of Tubby the Tuba.

These 45-minute concerts are geared toward children ages 2-6 and feature live music by the Akron Symphony Orchestra and conductor Eric Benjamin.

The Concerts for Kids series will be offered:

  • May 7 and May 8 at the First Congregational Church in Hudson
  • May 9 at the Lake Anna YMCA in Barberton
  • May 11 at The House of the Lord in Akron
  • May 14 at the Brecksville Community Center
  • May 15 at Temple Israel in Montrose
  • May 16 at the Maranatha Bible Church in Green

Tubby the Tuba tells the tale of Tubby, a tuba who longs to have a bigger role in the orchestra. But Tubby is laughed at by his fellow instruments — including a piccolo who informs Tubby that composers, “never write melodies for tubas. It just isn’t done!” — leading a dejected Tubby to retreat to a riverbank, where he meets a musically inclined, deep-voiced bullfrog.

The frog starts to hum, sharing with Tubby a most original and memorable tune. Soon, Tubby is playing along, convinced that he has found exactly what he needs. Tubby returns to his orchestra the next day, impresses the visiting conductor and wins over his fellow instruments, who all join Tubby in a symphony built around his tune.

The performance will be highlighted by Ken Heinlein, ASO’s principal tuba in the role of Tubby, with narration by Dennis O’Connell of The Magical Theatre Company.

In addition to Tubby the Tuba, the concert will feature a variety of popular, age-appropriate pieces of classical music.

A ticket is required for every person through the door, regardless of age. Tickets are general admission and cost just $6 for children and adults. All attendees sit on the floor during the performance.

Tickets are available online or by calling the Symphony Box Office at 330.535.8131.

Concerts for Kids: Tubby the Tuba