Article in Daily Camera on April 10 concert!
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Boulder Philharmonic Breaks Down Barriers, Sunday, April 24, 2016

Julie @ 11:49 am
May 28 — Benjamin’s Music Breaking Barriers Project!
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BBB Logo Please visit our Partner Events Page for details on how to sign up for this amazing, free concert!

Julie @ 11:53 am
Upcoming concert info!
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IMG_4405_D7A0278Jeff_Paige-superheroBrainsong: No Shushing Events presents two summer concerts, for families living with autism and different abilities — and our friends and families who wish to support inclusion and celebration of differences!
The only rules are: No Shushing, no judging, no explaining and no apologizing.
We welcome our kids just as they are — perfect.
Saturday, June 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
East Boulder Recreation Center, Boulder
Free but limited to 175 .. sign up link scroll down below ….
Brainsong: No Shushing Concerts brings Boulder Ballet’s professional dancers and a Colorado Symphony quintet to offer a welcoming afternoon of interactive dance and music. Families living with autism and different abilities will be treated to a performance of Aaron Copeland’s Hoe Down, followed by several pieces. Boulder Ballet Artistic Director, Ana Claire, will lead the audience in joyful movement to music, including harpist Pam Eldridge of Colorado Ballet. Columbine & Company is providing massive, toxic-free bubbles on the outdoor lawn with special character appearances. This concert is free thanks to Project Yes in Lafayette serving traditionally marginalized youth, and the City of Boulder Expand program in therapeutic recreation. Food is donated so generously by Ben & Jerry’s, Jax Outdoor Gear of Lafayette and Justin’s Nut Butters of Boulder….CSO photo: Principal Percussion John Kinzie working with a few kids on a drum after one of our concerts.  Photo credit: Stephanie Derybowski. Boulder Ballet. Photo by Sue Daniels.
And for Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Same exact information…except for:
cost: $5 per family, registration opens in May — info coming soon!
…this concert entails: Musical theatre by Jeff & Paige, vibraphone by Rick Weingarten, harp music by Pam Eldridge, the Broomfield Colorado Conservatory of Dance student dancers (who will teach dance to the kids), folk song by the Clearwings, a classical and Celtic music performance by Benjamin Tarasewicz, a fabulous violinist and singer, who has autism. Columbine & Company is providing massive, toxic-free bubbles on the outdoor lawn with special character appearances … This concert costs $5 per family, and is sponsored by the ACL (Association for Community Living), City of Boulder Expand program in therapeutic recreation, and Project Yes in Lafayette, as well as Imagine Behavioral Health Services ABA therapy volunteers who can assist families on site. We will offer a sign up for new music students. Food is incredibly donated by Noodles & Co, Justin’s Nut Butters and Jax Outdoor Gear of Lafayette.
Julie @ 7:08 pm
Amazing Sensory Friendly Concert April 10!
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Thank you to Boulder Philharmonic string quartet, Boulder Public Library and Benjamin Tarasewicz for one amazing evening!!!

For more photos, click HERE


Julie @ 4:05 pm
Sign Up Info
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Thank you Boulder Daily Camera for the best story today!

“Kids inspire sensory-friendly concerts”


If you want to sign up for May 28, Benjamin Breaking Barriers at Manhattan Middle School, click below:

May 28, Benjamin @ Manhattan

For June 18, Boulder Ballet & Colorado Symphony quintet, click below:

June 18, Boulder Ballet & CSO quintet

And For July 23, Brainsong: No Shushing Concert, we have not opened sign ups yet, but please add your name to the June 18 sign up wait list today, so we can contact you when we open the list and will let you know where to go to register!


Julie @ 9:26 am
Brainsong: No Shushing Events 2016
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Sign up now for JUNE 18 Interactive Concert featuring Boulder Ballet‘s professional dancers and Colorado Symphony musicians! (Photo of Principal Percussion John Kinzie working with kids after a CSO concert.  Photo credit: Stephanie Derybowski)

This is a free event, but space is limited, so sign up now, here is the link to save your spot:

To view the sign up, go to:    

A heartfelt thank you to: PROJECT YES and EXPAND — City of Boulder Therapeutic Rec Dept. for sponsorship of this event! And Imagine Behavioral Health Services for its volunteers!

And to: Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Justin’s Nut Butters and Jax in Lafayette for generous food and drinks!ConeProject YES logoLogo IBHS 300 DPIjaxjustinsCOB_PR Logo small 1

Julie @ 12:32 pm
Please come join us!
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Julie @ 12:52 pm
Caroling on Pearl Street!
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FYI sign up if you want to join us, space is limited!
Family Caroling on Pearl Street in Boulder
Pure and Simple Joy — Family Memories that Last a Lifetime!
Please join us to sing fun Holiday Songs on Pearl Street on December 19, 2015.
This event is for children and teenagers with disabilities and their families.
Event Sponsored by BrainSong and Supported by Boulder Park and Recreation’s EXPAND Program.
Julie @ 10:51 am
Concert Was Magical!
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Hi, all, here are some photos  …followed by a snippet of some comments from musicians, performers, volunteers and families:


“Thanks for having me play music for such a wonderful event! It was great to see the kids get up and play the vibraphone and make music. 

 I think it was a big hit and the rec center seemed to be a much better location than I think Chautauqua would have been.  Kudos to you and all your volunteers!!! “
Thanks again, 
Me and my daughter like the event very much and we like the Rec center better. With the nice facilities, wonderful programs and excellent organizers/volunteers, me and my daughter could really enjoy the musics and games. I did not have to worry that my daughter was running around. No sun burns either :)
I took a lots of beautiful pictures. My daughter’s most favorite part is the bubbles and Fairies. Thank you very much for the great event!
Lingling Liu 
…congratulations on a fantastic event! As much as I love Chautauqua, the community center worked even better. Such a beautiful room, easy loading, plenty of parking-and fun kids! Doesn’t get any better than that!!!
As a performer, it is an amazing feeling to make a real connection with your audience. I loved that the kids were open to trying some new things. And I have to say, the parents were so cute-they all took a turn playing the harp too!
Thanks for including me in this event. Pam Eldridge, harp
This is Edna ( the one with the 4 kiddos and blue shirt lol) Jonathan – in the vibraphone in green shirt – Daniel bouncing all over the place Samantha in the Orange dress got home and took a shower I think she almost turned into the bubble fairy lol – and Chloee the one in the colorful dress she loved every moment of it. 

I LOVED IT!!! Jonathan told his therapist all about it and had to call grampa to tell him he played the drums 
Everyone was so helpful so happy and understanding thank you thank you 
HI Julie, as a volunteer (and my other volunteer friends would probably agree with me), the event was wonderful. We were so busy and loved it! Some events I’ve volunteered at, I just stood around because there was nothing to help with, but at the Brainsong event, we felt needed and so appreciated. You and those who have helped you, have done an amazing job coordinating and leading the event. 
One thing I would maybe recommend is to arrange for the volunteers (who are qualified to help), to assist with monitoring the children so that the parents can take a break, get food, socialize etc. IBHS would be more than happy to help. I was super excited to hang out with Sarah for a bit :) Thanks for everything and letting us help! Ania
Thank you for organizing such a great event and for including me!
Best regards,
We didn’t take in the early part of the day, arriving around 2 PM.  It was pleasant atmosphere and a good opportunity for parents to meet and swap info while kids had fun.  My daughter at 26 was older than most, but enjoyed the dance company and seeing her friends — and the food!. What ever more publicity you do on event needs to give proper recognition to EXPAND role in hosting at EBRC, and a very appreciative thank you to Lori Goldman in particular.

Boulder, CO
The event was incredible.  And magical is the perfect way to describe the joy I saw on everyone’s face – young and old.  Lizzy is still talking about it!
The EBCC was the perfect venue. 
Let’s do it again!  I would love to help if you need me and I would love to get together!
Enjoy the day!
Julie @ 4:39 pm
New Location for Our Liberation Concert this Sunday!!!
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We have moved the concert to a new location: (AND HAVE 75 MORE SPOTS TO FILL NOW!)

East Boulder Community Center

Everything else stays the same!! Still see your smiling faces this Sunday, July 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Please enter through the open doors to the right of the main entrance, marked as the Senior Center. We will be in the main ballroom, which is a beautiful super large space, with lots of windows and an open door patio with amazing views! So plenty of light and fresh air — and your kids can come and go as needed.
  •  We also have the flexibility to go outdoors if needed, and there is an awesome playground there, too!

Nothing else has changed! I am so sorry to do this last minute, but we had to do this for several reasons. On the positive side, no fighting with hikers and tourists for parking, woohoo! And lots of handicapped spots!

I can’t wait!! … Julie

Anyone living with disabilities can contact me to take one of 75 new open spots!! 720-255-9831 or [email protected]

… Also FYI, if you want to make it a bigger day, their kid “leisure” pool at the rec center down the hall is open Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. FYI, it’s pretty cool, Adults for swim are $7/kids ages 3-18 are $4.50. :) Nice hot tub.

Julie @ 7:46 pm