Next month, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Tiny Tots program will feature a special sensory-friendly performance of “Music of Flight and Fantasy.” In proud support of PSO and all they do for the arts and music education in Pittsburgh, and for children with autism and other sensory challenges who we proudly call our own, Pediatric Alliance has purchased a block of tickets that we will raffle off to families who might appreciated this special event on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Heinz Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh:

Everyone is invited to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Guest Conductor Lawrence Loh for a musical celebration of flight and fantasy featuring the music of John Williams. Join us in Heinz Hall for a family-friendly concert in a welcoming, inclusive and relaxed environment designed especially for patrons of all ages, and especially those individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities and other different abilities…

Sensory-friendly performances at the Pittsburgh Symphony are inclusive experiences that are open to patrons of all ages and abilities and designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, those with sensory sensitivities, and others who would like to enjoy a concert in a relaxed environment. The symphony works closely with its Accessibility Advisory Committee and others in the Pittsburgh community to plan these experiences, where all patrons are welcome to come with family and friends and respond to the music in their own way!


Last year’s PSO sensory-friendly performance of “Heroes and Inspirations” looks like it was a blast for the audience, young and old:


Here are the modifications to the concert experience that children and families can expect for a sensory-friendly performance by PSO:

– Online pre-visit materials, such as concert playlists, stories, picture schedules, tip sheets, and videos, that show patrons what they can expect to see and hear at Heinz Hall

– Training for ushers, volunteers, and musicians to help Heinz Hall staff cultivate an especially inclusive environment

– Relaxed rules in the concert hall so that all responses to the music—clapping, singing, vocalizing, moving, dancing, etc.—are welcome at any time

– Partially up house lights

– Free fidgets and earplugs

– A designated quiet space with relaxing activities and a live video feed of the onstage action for patrons who would like to take a break from the pre-concert activities (when available) or performance

– Slight mitigation of sudden, loud sounds

– A family restroom in the Regency Rooms

– When concessions are available, gluten and casein-free options

– For ticketed events, a modified refund policy that allows families to receive 100% of their money back if they purchase tickets and find they are unable to attend the day of the performance


Veterans of previous Pediatric Alliance ticket contests for sensory-friendly performances by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre know the drill by now:


What: Sensory-friendly performance of “Music of Flight and Fantasy” performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

When: Saturday, June 17, 2007 at 2:30 pm. (Pre-concert activities begin at 1:15 pm.)

Where: Heinz Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Who: This contest is open to patients of Pediatric Alliance who would enjoy this special sensory-friendly performance. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra recognizes that this needs to be a safe event for our families. Therefore, each group attending must have at least one member on the autism spectrum or other sensory challenge.

How to Enter the Pediatric Alliance Ticket Contest:

Type the following information in the comments box below this post (this information will not be shared):

— Parent Name and Email address
— Child’s Name
— Number of tickets desired (2-6 per family)

OR, you can email the information above to

(In order to respect your privacy, we discourage entering this contest via Facebook. But please keep up with our daily PediaBlog posts on Pediatric Alliance’s Facebook page!)

We will accept one entry per family per day, and you can enter every day until we pick the winners!

Winners will be picked randomly on Friday, June 2 so we can get tickets to families before the performance.


For more information, including the program and ticket information for this exciting performance, please visit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra website here.