Family Concerts
November 5, 2016 , 10:00 am & 11:30 am
Malcolm X Elementary
Free Admission! $10 suggested donation per adult


Berkeley Symphony’s “Meet the Symphony” family concert gives families a chance to experience a full orchestra right in the school’s auditorium. Presented in an entertaining and interactive manner, these concerts engage even the youngest audience members! We will be playing many different orchestral excerpts —and may even need your help to play some of the instruments!

American Music

This year’s Meet the Symphony and first Family Concert focuses on discovering what American music is and the wide variety of influences and cultures that comprise American music. From Rodeo and music to the wild west, to Sousa marches, to jazz–many cultures come together to make up what is “American” music. We’ve invited Bay Area actor Anthony Rollins-Mullens to help us share the history of American music in our schools. We hope you’ll join us!

Repertoire (partial)

“Rodeo” from Hoedown, Copland
Maple Leaf Rag, Joplin
Stars and Stripes Forever, Sousa
American in Paris, Gershwin
West Side Story Suite, Bernstein


Anthony Rollins-Mullens

Anthony Rollins-Mullens is a native San Franciscan performer of both stage and independent film for many years here in the bay area.    His theatrical credits include: Caractacus Potts in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, Duppy in “Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds”, Toad in “A Year With Frog and Toad”, Louis Armstrong in “Ella, the Musical”, Tom Collins in “Rent”, Fred in “Smokey Joes Cafe”, Willie in “Master Harold…and the Boys”, Jafar in Disney’s “Alladin”, Aslan in “Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”, Waymon as Hunter Priestess in the West Coast Premier of “Good Goods”, Eddie Mackrel in the West Coast Premier of LaChuisa’s “The Wild Party”, and Belize in the 20th Anniversary production of “Angels in America.”

Learn more about Berkeley Symphony’s Music in the Schools Program.

Ming Luke, conductor
Anthony Rollins-Mullens, actor
Berkeley Symphony

Frequently Asked Questions
"What's the dress code?"

"What if we have toddlers or infants?"
These concerts are great for all ages - even infants! For a little extra moving room, there are areas of walking space behind the seating area. Exits are conveniently located in case you need to step out and you will be allowed back in any time during concerts.

"Can we bring our strollers inside?"
Absolutely! There is plenty of space to park strollers in the back or (depending on their height and availability of space) next to your chair.

"Will we be locked out if we're late?"
No, doors remain unlocked and available.