Gentle Nutcracker article out today!
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Julie @ 3:45 pm
Nov. 19 Don’t Miss Peter and the Wolf!
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thgtkiu4i6Saturday, November 19, 2 PM and 3:30 PM
Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
No tickets or advance reservations required – first-come, first-served for both performances

A Boulder Philharmonic Wind Quintet will perform Peter and the Wolf along with other classical favorites. Performances will be identical.

The performance is free, thanks to the generosity of the Boulder Library Foundation and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Julie @ 4:33 pm
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Wednesday, November 23, 2 PM
Macky Auditorium, CU-Boulder campus

Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra have come together to invite you to our first Sensory Friendly Gentle Nutcracker. We recognize that families like yours — who live with different abilities — feel they cannot attend the Nutcracker — a beloved time-honored tradition in Boulder County.

This is a collaborative effort to promote a welcoming environment, access to the professional arts, and build community. Our overall goal is to make sure no one feels left out, judged or mistreated. We aim to bring the arts to those who are uncomfortable in a typical performance setting.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions about Gentle Nutcracker

What is a sensory-friendly event?
Expect a quieter and more brightly-lit environment, as well as a welcoming attitude from the performers and other audience members that encourages movement and expression. Though the performance is geared towards families living with autism and other disabilities, this event is open to the entire community.

“Families with members who are differently abled often shy away from performances such asThe Nutcraker – missing the magic of live ballet and orchestral music. The Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra have collaborated in putting together a very special sensory production, called the Gentle Nutcracker, which will be performed at the beautiful Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, located on the CU campus. What an amazing gift for the Boulder community and Colorado’s front range!”  ~ Frances Owens, former First Lady of Colorado

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via PayPal below or by calling 303.449.1343
(11 AM-4 PM Mondays through Fridays, plus other times as available)


Julie @ 4:19 pm
The Gentle Nutcracker
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Please support The Gentle Nutcracker

By clicking on the words above, you will be taken to our Go Fund Me page…


Please help us bring the first professional Nutcracker — which is welcoming to our families — to Colorado this holiday season!

The Nutcracker is perhaps the world’s most ubiquitous ballet and a quintessential must-see holiday performance.

Driven by the magical score of Tchaikovsky, with a feast of visual delights on a twinkling, snow-kissed stage, the Nutcracker is a universal story that ultimately teaches us how we can be our very best.

For this reason, Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra have come together to invite you to our first Sensory Friendly, Gentle Nutcracker.

We recognize that families like yours — who live with different abilities —  feel they cannot attend the Nutcracker — a beloved time-honored tradition in Boulder County. Well, now you can.

This is a collaborative effort to promote a welcoming environment, access to the professional arts, and build community. Our overall goal is to make sure no one feels left out, judged or mistreated. We hope to create a more compassionate world, nurturing both mind and spirit through the arts.

Julie @ 5:23 pm
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Julie @ 7:52 pm
And more …
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Once again, Elena had a wonderful time dancing to live music. 
Thank you so much.
When it was over, she cried and cried on the way home in the car. 
And the next day, she wanted to go back. 
We so appreciate your putting together these events for our children. 
Elena really liked getting to play the harp and the xylophone also.
Mel Persion

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I think your ‘No Shushing Concert’ was a big hit! You provided an opportunity for kiddos with or without disabilities a time to enjoy either camp-loving-upbeat-educational music by Jeff and Paige or  classical violin music by [I forgot that sweet boy’s name] in an environment where they are allowed to move to the music the way their bodies say is okay, or walk out of the concert if the music is too intense, or a time to sit and listen with their neighbors. Boulder County is lucky to have such a passionate, proactive, creative mother to host such special treats for our children. Thank you!


Carly Godzdanker, MS, OTR/L

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Julie @ 7:41 pm
And more photos!
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Here are some more!

The Daily Camera also has more photos available on their web site:

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Hi Julie,
Thank you so much for planning this amazing event!
This was literally the best family event I’ve been to with my kids.
Mostly because it was so focused on just kids enjoyment.
Limiting attendees to keep the numbers small, nothing overwhelming.
I have 2 boys – 3.5 and 1- and both were so happy and enjoyed every second
Of our over 2 hrs we were there( only left bc my 1 year old needed to nap).
I was thinking to myself after how with all those kids I saw ZERO
Tantrums. Because kids were able to behave like kids and yell, jump around, dance
And have fun without being told to sit down, be still, be quiet.

It was just so amazing. Thank you!!

Carolyn Nohe

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Julie @ 6:07 pm
Our Concert was Amazing!
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Thank you so much to all the families who came and celebrated together! So many magical moments! Here are some photos — and I wanted to send a quick extra thank you to Noodles & Co as our local business that donated lunch for 175 people!!! Please tell them you appreciate their support of inclusion in the community and access to the arts for all!

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You can definitely use Sophia and my name.  We totally enjoyed the No Shushing event.  It was well organized. There were 2 stages so one act could be performing while the next was setting up.  This worked very well for folks with short attention spans.  All the performers were entertaining and interesting.  The food was healthy and plentiful and the snacks rolling out when they did along the way kept energy levels high.
Thank you for setting this up!

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As always the kids were a blast! It was fun to play duets with Jazzy- she has worked hard on her violin and I was glad she could share that.
And, really, does it get any better than getting kisses on the back while you are performing! That is a career highlight for me!
Thanks for including me,

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Julie @ 5:35 pm
Sign up for July 23 No Shushing Concert!
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Hi! Details are in the poster above!

If you want to join us, please Click Here

(click the word “here” above)

Or… contact Lori Goldman at the East Boulder Community Center:

To Register, please email [email protected] or call Lori Goldman 303-413-7256 with the following information:

o   First Name, Last Name, birthday & gender of all people you are registering

o   Your Address

o   Phone Number

o   Email

o   *Price for the concert is $5 per family.  This can be paid via credit card over the phone.   Your spot cannot be guaranteed until payment is received*

Julie @ 9:43 pm
Parent Feedback and Summer Sounds
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Hi! First, please go visit the “Partner Events Page” or click the text below to learn about more upcoming amazing family friendly concerts, most notably a series by the Boulder Public Library!

More photos from Clark Hodge of Chase the Music!

And here is some feedback from Saturday!


Hi Julie!

You and BrainSong are amazing! The spirit of inclusion behind the event today was palpable. It is so nice to be able to go out in the community with Teran and not worry about his behavior, knowing that we are in a supportive environment, that people understand. Teran is always very hesitant to participate in community events at all. It was a huge success that he came in the room, walked around, smiled, watched the dancing, enjoyed the music, and looked at the instruments. He even sat down peacefully and enjoyed his ice cream!  It was great for Aurora (Teran’s sister) because she could enjoy the music, dancing, time with her brother, and time with other familiar kids from ARTism. It was great for me (mom) because other adults were super welcoming. Staff we know from City of Boulder and the ACL were really helpful, getting my kids ice cream, keeping an eye on them, chatting with me, etc. Thank you so much for all your work and enthusiasm in organizing these events. We love it! Loved the Justin’s almond butter and the Ben and Jerry’s too!
Aurora, age 7, says  “It was nice to have a celebration of Autism, especially Autism kids because not a lot of people understand them. It was nice because people learn about Autism, and appreciate Autism kids.” 


I had the best time. Every time I do one of these concerts I am blown away by the joy and creativity of these children. As a musician, nothing is more rewarding than to see people appreciate and respond to music!
Looking forward to July!Multiple musical notes Pam (Pam Eldridge, Harpist)


Elena had a blast. Thank you so much, Juli. 
If there is a ballet class that will take her, we are interested. The one here won’t take her even though it’s for special needs kids, because she won’t sit for the instruction part. 
Every single day, when I come home from work, she has been crying to go to “ballet class”. So, I take her to watch live music bands in town so she can at least dance to live music. 
She does take adaptive piano lessons at Foundation Music School in Fort Collins and loves them. 
On the way home in the car, she did this “trim original” thing with the ipad videos I took of her, where she reduced them all to 1 second each. I tried so hard to get her to stop. After she goes to sleep and releases the ipad, I’ll see if there are any of the videos left intact that I can save somewhere. Anyway, if you have any videos or photos, and if you get around to sending them out, we would love to see them.  
She knew a lot of what the orchestra played from having watched Little Einsteins, so she really liked hearing them. She loved trying out the harp and the cello. This past Christmas, she had cried and cried for a harp, but all we could find that was affordable was one that sat flat on a table, but she was happy with that. We go to music stores where she tries out different instruments, but they never have harps or cellos there.
Just now, we came back from Walmart after looking for a conductor’s stick just like the one she tried at the Brainsong event. We couldn’t find anything she liked, but she saw a flag she liked and she  was okay with that. I told her she can just use one of her drumsticks like a conductor’s stick. 
Sorry to write a novel. Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated today’s event. Dancing to live classic music, conducting music, and trying out the instruments were all incredibly wonderful treats for her. 
Thank you, Juli. — Mel Persion
    Hello  thank you for this  amazing  fun field  day. It was such an experience  for all my children. They had fun dancing, & want to go back to see beautiful ballet dancers! My daughter  said  it was  really cool. Very fun & entertaining for the whole family. Thank you again. You absolutely can post our feedback for other families. As in this concert  their are no rules.
                                     Josette & family
And more!
The June Brainsong concert likely made my daughter’s summer. Some things are difficult for Piper to understand- music is not one of them. Music and dance are things that she unflinchingly enjoys. Where she can be free. Where she’s willing to risk. It’s where we see fewer reservations, lots of confidence, and lots of joy. It kind of seeps out of her being- so much so, that it’s difficult to take her to “real” venues. SITTING for a concert isn’t exactly in her vocabulary. The opportunity for us to expose her to live, classical music on HER terms could not be passed by. My heartfelt thanks to the musicians and dancers who made this possible- she was in HEAVEN. Thank you, thank you, thank you. –The Guildners
Julie @ 3:42 pm