Youth Concerts

Youth Concerts

Central Iowa fourth and fifth graders will experience the power and beauty of a full symphony orchestra at these specially designed youth concerts. For most students, this is their first exposure to live, orchestral music. Thousands of students attend this concert each year. Reservations are required.

2017 Concert Dates:

Tue Mar 7, 2017 at 10 & 11:30 a.m.
Wed Mar 8, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Des Moines Civic Center

Our 2017 Youth Concerts will have limited seating due to the closing of the Grand Avenue and Walnut Street Bridges.  Registration is currently open only to schools who attended our 2016 Youth Concerts.  We will open registration to new schools once seating for our returning schools have been confirmed.

Cost: $3.50/person (1 complimentary teacher/chaperone ticket per 20 students)

Youth Concerts School Credit Card Authorization Form

Teachers, please visit the Connecting Kids and Culture website for information on securing transportation funding as well as curriculum connections.

The 2017 Youth Concerts are made possible in part through the generous support of:

PRE-CONCERT MATERIALS FOR REGISTERED SCHOOLS

TEACHER’S RESOURCE GUIDE – Our Teacher’s Resource Guide has been prepared to provide helpful information about your student’s upcoming concert experience.
2017 Teacher’s Resource Guide

SUGGESTED LESSON PLANS
– The following lessons plans have been prepared by Kendra Leisinger.  Ms. Leisinger is an Elementary General Music Teacher in the Ankeny School District.
A Note to Music Educators
Beethoven Symphony No 5 – Motif Lesson Plan
Baba Yaga from Pictures at an Exhibition – Creative Thinking Lesson Plan
Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition – Creative Movement Lesson Plan
Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition – Meter and Rhythm Lesson Plan
Symphony In Sculpture – Active Listening Lesson Plan
Music Adjectives for Mood and Feelings
Response Recorder Template

LISTENING EXCERPTS – The following video clips will provide listening examples of pieces you and your student will hear performed live at  our Youth Concerts.  These video clips have been carefully chosen as historic and famous performances by leading conductors and orchestras.

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Allegro con brio
Simon Bolivar Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel, conducting


Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
Rotterdam Philharmonic
Valery Gergiev, conducting


Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, The Hunt on Fowl’s Legs
Chicago Symphony
Sir Georg Solti, conducting


Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, 
The Great Gate of Kiev
Chicago Symphony
Sir Georg Solti, conducting

Heitzeg Symphony In Sculpture, Ancient Forest
Des Moines Symphony

Joseph Giunta, conducting


Heitzeg Symphony In Sculpture,
Post-Balzac
Des Moines Symphony
Joseph Giunta, conducting


Heitzeg Symphony In Sculpture, 
Nomade
Des Moines Symphony
Joseph Giunta, conducting


Heitzeg Symphony In Sculpture II, 
Panoramic awareness pavilion
Des Moines Symphony
Joseph Giunta, conducting