The Akron Symphony Orchestra’s popular Concerts for Kids series returns to Hudson May 7 and 8 with Tubby the Tuba.

These 45-minute performances are geared toward children ages 2-6 years and feature live music by the Akron Symphony Orchestra and conductor Eric Benjamin. Performances will be at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. both days at the First Congregational Church.

Tubby the Tuba tells the tale of Tubby, a tuba who longs to have a bigger role in the orchestra. But Tubby is laughed at by his fellow instruments — including a piccolo who informs Tubby that composers, "never write melodies for tubas. It just isn’t done," leading a dejected Tubby to retreat to a riverbank, where he meets a musically inclined, deep-voiced bullfrog.

The frog starts to hum, sharing with Tubby a most original and memorable tune. Soon, Tubby is playing along, convinced that he has found exactly what he needs. Tubby returns to his orchestra the next day, impresses the visiting conductor and winning over his fellow instruments, who all join Tubby in a symphony built around his tune.

The performance will be highlighted by Ken Heinlein, ASO’s principal tuba in the role of Tubby, with narration by Dennis O’Connell of The Magical Theatre Company.

In addition to Tubby the Tuba, the concert will feature a variety of popular, age-appropriate pieces of classical music.

A ticket is required, regardless of age. Tickets are general admission and cost $6 for children and adults. All attendees sit on the floor during the performance. In addition to the concerts in Hudson, the Concerts for Kids series will be offered:

• May 9 at the Lake Anna YMCA in Barberton;

• May 11 at The House of the Lord in Akron;

• May 14 at the Brecksville Community Center;

• May 15 at Temple Israel in Montrose; and

• May 16 at the Maranatha Bible Church in Green.

Tickets are available online at or by calling the Symphony Box Office at 330-535-8131. The First Congregational Church is located at 47 Aurora Street in Hudson.