In its upcoming season, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra will introduce families, including those with autistic children, to such melodious classics as Peter and the Wolf and Ferdinand the Bull.

In its upcoming season, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra will introduce families, including those with autistic children, to such melodious classics as Peter and the Wolf and Ferdinand the Bull.

The symphony orchestra will perform the compositions Feb. 7, but first it will open the Feb. 6 dress rehearsal to families who might be unable to attend a traditional performance.

"It's for first-time families who want to give it a try and who wouldn't be comfortable coming to regular performance," said Heather Garner, the symphony orchestra's executive director. "We're thinking about families with young children that might feel a little nervous about bringing a young child to one of our regular performances, for fear of disruption or fear of the child talking during a performance."

Symphony organizers also are calling the concert a "sensory-friendly" event for "neuro-diverse audience members."

Garner said local organizations are training ushers to handle autism-related issues that might occur during the event.

She said families would be able to view a storyboard for the performance online at newalbanysymphony.net. Information will include where the restrooms are located, when the audience will applaud and how the conductor will lead the performance.

To help alleviate any anxiety associated with the show, Garner said, families also may visit the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts on Feb. 5 to view their seats.

During the rehearsal, the theater will remain lighted and families will be encouraged to bring snacks, headphones or other items that will make their children more comfortable, Garner said.

The performance also will include designated break areas.

The symphony's 2015-16 season will open Oct. 3 and 4 with a tribute to late composer Marvin Hamlisch.

A preconcert event Oct. 3 will feature Hamlisch's wife, Terre Blair Hamlisch, and New York photographer Len Prince, whose photographs of Hamlisch will be on display at the Columbus Museum of Art through Sept. 6.

One of Prince's photos will be used in the symphony's promotional materials and will be auctioned off at the end of the season as a fundraiser, Garner said.

The symphony will perform the annual Holiday Spectacular on Dec. 20 and will conclude its season April 3 with music from An American in Paris and 16-year-old Upper Arlington violinist Isabelle Durrenberger.

All concerts are at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany.

Season tickets range from $42 to $85 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Auditions for the season are scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. May 26 at the New Albany Methodist Church, 20 Third St., and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 30 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Road in Dublin.

Strings, winds, brass and percussion players may email Bob Pfeifer at clarinetbob@gmail.com or call 614-733-0401 to reserve a spot.

"There are a couple of instances this year when we know we are going to have openings in strings, horns and percussion," said Linda Brill, the symphony's marketing director.

She said the symphony orchestra often needs to bring in different musicians based on the pieces being played.

"It depends on the repertoire we're playing," she said. "We have a core group of people we augment with additional players as the music calls for it."