Discover the joy of quality time together at DPAA’s family-friendly performances! For our youngest audience members, these performances will leave them in amazement and foster a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Get ready for fun with the whole family!

Star Wars: A New Hope Film with Orchestra

October 14 and 15 | Schuster Center

The Sunday performance is our 2023 PhilharMonster, so grab your lightsaber, come in costume, and join us for a special cinematic experience unlike any other. 

The Nutcracker

December 8-10 and 15-17 | Schuster Center

Create a lifetime of memories with family at The Nutcracker. Performed with live orchestra, the beloved holiday tradition returns to the Schuster Center. Travel with Clara as her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer sweeps her away to a dreamy Land of Sweets full of mischievous rats, brave soldiers, darling lambs, a Sugar Plum Fairy, life-size confections, and, of course, a dashing Cavalier.

Attend the Sensory-Friendly performance of The Nutcracker for a casual, spacious, and inclusive experience.

Magic Carpet Concerts: Once Upon a Time

February 27-29 | Dayton Masonic Center

Geared specifically for children, the timeless tale of Peter and the Wolf is brought to life by members of DBII, our Opera Artists-in-Residence, and the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra: On Broadway!

March 10 | Schuster Center

Enjoy Broadway hits without the hassle of traveling to New York! No need to pack or buy a plane ticket, Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Opera Artists-in-Residence perform songs and overtures from some of the best musicals on Broadway right here at the Schuster!

Soundtrack Magic: John Williams and Friends

June 22 | Schuster Center

Grab your popcorn for an evening of beloved musical works from the silver screen! Featuring familiar songs from movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Casablanca, and The Lord of the Rings, this concert shines the spotlight on blockbuster film scores.