2017 Season: Coming up
February 23, 7:00 pm: Peninsula Ballet Theater's Cinderella, Carlmont Theater, Belmont. This is their dress rehearsal, and they are welcoming special-needs families to enjoy their production in an empty theater. Free! Please RVSP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 11, 2.30pm: Azure concert featuring the Rolston String Quartet, Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, Stanford. The 2016 First Prize winner of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet is known for their exuberant performances. This concert will feature music of Ravel, Mozart, Beethoven, and Janacek.
Free admission. Click here to reserve your tickets!
March 12, 2.30-4pm: Swan Lake Workshop, San Francisco Ballet, 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Please join us for this incredible opportunity to have your special-needs family to engage with one of our region's most beloved cultural treasures, and with one of their most popular ballets!
The event features a performance session, interactive movement session, hands-on activity room, quiet room, the wonderful music of Tchaikovsky's famous score, photos with Swan Lake dancers, and social stories guide about Swan Lake.
Registration: Tickets are $10 (proceeds to be donated to SF Ballet). Space is limited, so please RSVP to email@example.com indicating the names of all registrants.
To reserve your space, please send your checks made out to AFBA to: 166 Sussex Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
April 15, 2-6pm: Dance-a-thon for Autism, benefitting AFBA and 7 other nonprofits, Cubberley Pavilion, Palo Alto register here
I went to two concerts in Stanford's Music Hall. The first had string quartets. It had breaks where we could go on stage and play. I loved playing the drums. The second had jazz. It was fun. I danced to it. There were a lot of children with autism of all ages.
— M, age 10, San Francisco Bay Area
I was a violinist at the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 2012 and 2013. I just wanted to let you know what an impact the Azure concerts had on me.... They inspired me to push my own boundaries, to see what I could really do with music to reach out to people with autism. I believe that music can be so much more than just an aesthetic, creative expression. It's a social experience, a way of becoming politically and ethically engaged, a responsibility and a way of communicating where language fails. I'm sure this concert touched the families of the children with autism, but it also affected me. It changed how I related to people with autism and other developmental disorders; it altered the way I see music, and how to adapt music based on my audience. I had so much fun at the Azure concert. Thank you.
— Deanna Choi
Azure has been a godsend. It's a chance to see performances that would otherwise not be available and to work on appropriate behaviors. Because of Azure I have seen positive behaviors in my son that I had not realized he could display or maintain for extended periods. Just because at some earlier time your kid could not do something does not mean that they cannot do it at a later time....
— Autism dad in San Jose