The RPO will travel around the world while staying home during its next family concert. Conductor Michael Butterman will lead the orchestra in "Symphonic Tales from Around the World," a musical journey illustrating famous children's stories from all over. The hour-long trip begins in the Middle East, via Denmark, with Carl Nielsen's "Aladdin," and includes stops in Imperial Russia with music by Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov, before winding up "In the Hall of the Mountain King," a guaranteed kid-pleaser. Hans Christian Andersen's "The Swineherd" will also be heard, with narration by Steven Stull and incidental music by Tchaikovsky — not the 19th century Tchaikovsky, but music written in the 1960's by the Soviet composer Boris Tchaikovsky (no relation).
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will present "Symphonic Tales from Around the World" on Sunday, March 19, at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 North Plymouth Avenue. 2 p.m. $17 for adults; $13 for children. 454-2100; rpo.org.