Teddy Bear Series
The Teddy Bear Series presented by the Indianapolis Colts introduces preschool & kindergarten students (ages 3-7) to the orchestra through story, movement, and live music. ISO violinist Victoria Griswold has written each of our stories, two of which are now available as picture books! Each performance features five musicians from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and narration by Perry Accetturo of the ISO Learning Community.
our teddy bear series stories
The Giant's Violin tells the tale of a young boy who discovers a giant violin in his attic!
The Big Note features the adventures of a young boy as he searches through a symphony orchestra to find the source of the big note that he hears.
The Garden Symphony follows a ladybug’s search through the garden for her own special song.
Monkey's Jungle Jam is the adventure-filled tale of a spider monkey's search through the rainforest for musical friends.
NEW IN 2020!!
The Runaway Strings is the tale of a quartet of instruments who runaway to see the world by using their music to form different types of transportation.
Want to learn more? Join us for an upcoming performance (listed below) or check out this video from our partners at the Indianapolis Public Library!
TWO OF OUR TEDDY BEAR SERIES STORIES ARE
NOW AVAILABLE AS PICTURE BOOKS!
Bundle and Save!
Purchase both books together to receive a discount. Visit our webstore to learn more!
Made Possible By:
Friday, March 20 at 10:30 AM - The Runaway Strings - Central Library - cancelled Saturday, March 21 at 10:30 AM - The Giant's Violin - JCPL's Trafalgar Branch - cancelled Wednesday, April 1 at 10:30 AM - Monkey's Jungle Jam - Avon-Washington Township Public Library - cancelled Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 AM - The Garden Symphony - JCPL's White River Branch - cancelled Saturday, April 25 at 10:30 AM - Monkey's Jungle Jam - Central Library - cancelled Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 AM - The Runaway Strings - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library - cancelled Tuesday, May 12 at 10:30 AM - The Garden Symphony - Central Library - cancelled Saturday, May 16 at 10:30 AM - The Runaway Strings - Carmel Clay Public Library - cancelled Saturday, June 6 at 11:00 AM - Monkey's Jungle Jam - JCPL's Franklin Branch - cancelled
*All performances are free and open to the public, but please check with individual libraries for any reservation policies.
TEDDY BEAR NEWS
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra received the Indiana Library Federation Collaboration Award for the Teddy Bear Series. Victoria Kintner Griswold accepted the honor on behalf of the ISO. This award recognizes a corporation, organization, individual library, or a group of libraries that has made significant contributions in the efforts of promoting library services in a community, region, or at the statewide level. We received the award at the 2018 Indiana Library Federation Awards and Honors Banquet on November 13, 2018.
Our beloved Teddy Bear Series mascot has revealed his new project! Join Mr. Bearnstein's Birthday Club for free today, and your child will receive a personalized birthday message from Mr. B during the month of their birthday! You can also follow Mr. B on Instagram to stay up-to-date on the latest Teddy Bear Series news!
The Johnson County Community Foundation
Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation
Make a Gift
We can't do what we love — making music — without you.
Rent the Hilbert Circle Theatre
Host your event at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, one of Indy's most beloved historical sites on Monument Circle.