Once upon an Orchestra

Once upon an Orchestra at the Louisville Free Public Library

Families are invited to join Louisville Orchestra ensembles for a fun, interactive storytelling through music performance.

Participants of all ages will enjoy a 60-minute program that weaves together storytelling adventures with creative music making.

We’ll even show you how to make instruments from recycled materials and you will get to take home your very own instrument!

  • Saturday, October 1 @ 2 p.m. Portland : Storytelling Adventure
  • Thursday, October 6 @ 10:30 a.m. Shively : Musical Zoo
  • Saturday, October 15 @ 2 p.m. Newburg : Where the Wild Things Are
  • Monday, November 7 @ 6 p.m. Western : Mina
  • Wednesday, November 9 @ 10:30 a.m. Shawnee : Musical Zoo
  • Wednesday, November 9 @ 2:30 p.m. Bon Air : Mina
  • Wednesday, November 16 @ 7 p.m. Northeast Regional : Music of the Sea
  • Saturday, November 19 @ 10:30 a.m. Crescent Hill : The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Saturday, November 19 @ 2 p.m. Main : The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Saturday, January 7 @ 11 a.m. Iroquois : The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Wednesday, January 18, @ 11:30 a.m. Fairdale : The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Performance Descriptions

Where the Wild Things Are: In Music and Color

Join along with a musical telling of the famous children’s story of Where the Wild Things Are. Audience members will be asked to draw along with the story, letting the music inspire their own setting of the story.

Peter and the Wolf

Meet instruments from the woodwind family and hear the classic story of Peter and the Wolf. The audience will participate by playing the characters of this condensed version of the tale.

Trip to the Musical Zoo

A string quintet takes you on a musical journey through a zoo with the famous piece by composer Camille Saint-Saëns, The Carnival of the Animals The audience will not only enjoy the journey but have fun acting as the animals too!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

A violin and viola reimagine the famous story of that very hungry caterpillar. With interactive elements throughout the story, the youngest members of the audience will make music as we watch the caterpillar transform into a beautiful butterfly. *In January 2023, an ASL or dual English/Spanish version of this performance will be available.


Marvelous mouse-sized mischief for all ages! Mina, a tiny white mouse, does not know what to think about her father's unusual houseguests. Fun for the whole family, the audience will be a key storyteller in this funny story about a father and his daughter.

The Music of the Sea

A story about the power of hope, and the universal language of music, The Music of the Sea is a beautiful story about Daniel and his daughter who decide to stay behind when the storm batters their little coastal village. Audience members make the music that helps save the village.


Last Updated: 12/30/22