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.

2018 Concert Dates:

Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 10 & 11:30 a.m.
Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Des Moines Civic Center

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 2018 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.
2018 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’s Symphony No. 7 Lesson Plan No. 1 – Active Listening
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 Lesson No. 2 – Compare Contrast

Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain Lesson Plan No. 1 – Active Listening
Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain Lesson Plan No. 2 – Bubble Map
Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain Lesson Plan No 3 – Sound Carpet

Hamlin Nothing Grooves Like a Deer from Symphony On A Stick Lesson Plan
Hamlin Score Excerpt from Symphony On A Stick

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS
Active Listening Document
Simple and Compound Beat Groupings
Higher Order Thinking Skills Listening Questions
Small Group Create Guidelines and Rubric
Sound Carpet Expectations
Musical Elements Glossary & Vocabulary List

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.

Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
State Academic Symphony Orchestra

Evgeny Svetlanov, conducting


Peter Hamlin “Nothing Grooves Like A Deere” Excerpt from Symphony On A Stick
Des Moines Symphony
Joseph Giunta, conducting


Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, Allegro con brio
Vienna Philharmonic 
Leonard Bernstein, conducting