The MyDSO Concert is specially designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities, and their families, friends and caregivers.

Prior to the performance, representatives from many local organizations and outreach groups will be on hand for the Resource Fair. Patrons will be able to interact with musical instruments at an instrument petting zoo and participate in a music therapy experience provided by Sound Starts Music Therapy. Pre-concert events start at 10:00 AM.

The My DSO Concert will last about an hour and will be performed without intermission. The performance will not vary from a traditional orchestra concert programmatically, but arrangements will be made to accommodate the individual needs of people with acute sensitivities. Fidgets, ear plugs and eye covers will be available to help prevent overstimulation; Quiet Rooms will be set aside in case the music becomes overwhelming; the performance will be broadcast via television monitors on the lower level of the Meyerson; and house lights will be set to a brighter level. There will also be remarks from the stage to welcome the audience and introduce the music.

After the performance, patrons will be invited to stay for a reception with cookies.

The MyDSO Concert, presented by Jan Miller and Jeff Rich, is generously supported by The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation and 29 Acres.