Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s concert! Stay tuned for information about our 2018 Family Concert, which will be announced sometime next fall.

As part of our Bridges to Music program, each year we present a free afternoon concert for children.  Accompanying adults and seniors are just $10 each. These concerts feature engaging and interactive pieces written to help young people learn about the orchestra and the instruments, and children also have the opportunity to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close! And of course, student/child tickets for the concert are free!

Aragon High School Theater
900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
2:15 PM – Junior winners of Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition perform
3:00 PM – Family Concert

This fun afternoon of music for children and adults of all ages is sure to delight, as we explore the magic and excitement of making music!

The theme for our 2017 Family Concert is “Music In Motion”.

The music selections on this program offer a look at how music moves us–both emotionally and physically–no matter where we are from. Join the PSO and Assistant Conductor Chad Goodman on a musical journey that explores thrilling dances from around the world. From the flashy Danzon No. 2 of Mexican composer Arturo Márquez to the exuberant Slavonic Dances of Antonín Dvorák, this program is sure to keep your foot tapping!

Also featured will be the First Prize winner of the Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition.  The Competition is the legacy of Marilyn Mindell, who worked tirelessly for arts education on the Peninsula, and we are proud to have hosted the Competition for the past twelve years.

At 2:15 we will be featuring Joanna Wong, Ryan Chi, and Jadis Chen, the winners of the junior portion of the Competition.  These fine young pianists will each be performing their Competition piece prior to the symphony concert.

Best of all, this afternoon of fantastic music and musicians is free for all children and students! Be sure and make reservations today so you don’t miss out on this wonderful event.

Chad Goodman, PSO Assistant Conductor


Chad Goodman, Conducting

Antonin Dvorak
Slavonic Dance No. 1

Arturo Márquez
Danzón No. 2

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1, Movement 1
Featuring Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition Winner – Ethan Yuen, piano


Ethan Yuen, Winner of the 2017 Marilyn Mindell Senior Piano Competition