Jan 13

Budapest Festival Orchestra: Sensory-Friendly Cocoa Concert

Lincoln Center’s Passport to the Arts

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Accessibility at Lincoln Center and the Budapest Festival Orchestra bring Cocoa Concerts, a sensory-friendly concert designed for young people on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities and their families, to New York. This one-hour concert consists of brief classical-music movements, performed by members of the world-renowned orchestra, in an inclusive and supported environment.


The Budapest Festival Orchestra puts its heart and soul into organizing programs accessible to everyone, seeking to bring children with autism and development disabilities into the magical world of music. Conductor Iván Fischer and the BFO have been performing their Cocoa Concerts for years, and it is an important mission for BFO as these events enable children to enjoy enriching activities and to experience the joy and power of music.


The orchestra’s musicians will perform in various chamber-music setups and will show, through the deft selection of music, the exciting things instruments can do and how much fun it is to play music together. Before introducing the musicians, Iván Fischer will explain the upcoming piece and what details are worth paying attention to.


Before the concert begins, all audience members will receive a handout detailing the instruments used and the program, as well as colorful stickers to mark the finished pieces after every ovation, helping everyone remain engaged during the concert.


Following the concert, families are invited to join the musicians for hot cocoa.


Recommended for children aged 5 to 15 and their families


For a video of Cocoa Concerts, please click here


This performance is free, but space is limited. To register, please fill out this form, or contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.


To learn about Lincoln Center’s Passport to the Arts program, providing free, supported, and welcoming introductions to performing arts for young people with disabilities and their families year-round, please contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.

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