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. To inquire about attending, please contact Joshua Barlage, Symphony Academy Managing Director, at 515.280.3332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Concert Dates:
Wed Mar 13 at 10:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
Wed Mar 13 at 12:00 p.m. (Limited Availability)
Des Moines Civic Center
Cost: $3.50/person (1 complimentary teacher/chaperone ticket per 20 students)
Teachers, please visit the Connecting Kids and Culture website for information on securing transportation funding as well as curriculum connections.
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.
2019 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 2019
Peter Boyer – Ellis Island: The Dream of America for Actors & Orchestra
Learn more about the stories included in Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island
Ellis Island – Going to America-My Bonnie Games
Ellis Island – Peter Boyer Interactive Tour
Ellis Island Questions and Reflection
Going to America Game Directions
Pack a Suitcase
Also, students (and teachers!!) will the have the opportunity to participate in a sing along of My, Country ‘Tis of Thee with the Des Moines Symphony at our Youth Concerts. Music for this patriotic tune can be found in the Teacher’s Resource Guide.
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.
Bernstein Overture to Candide
London Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conducting
Ives Variations on “America”
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy, conducting
Peter Boyer Ellis Island: The Dream of America for Actors and Orchestra
Peter Boyer, conducting
Words of Helen Cohen
Words of James Aponomith
Words of Katherine Beychok
Epilogue “The New Colossus”
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World”
Herbert von Karajan, conducting
The 2019 Youth Concerts are made possible in part through the generous support of: