The Springfield Symphony's 50th Annual Young People's Concerts will bring together approximately 4,000 fourth grade children from all Springfield R-12 district schools, 50 area school districts, and students from rural, private, parochial and home schools to listen to live symphonic music and to gain valuable exposure to the elements of musical styles and eras. Each of the Young People's Concerts is specifically designed to be an in-depth learning experience.
Two concerts are planned for Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The concerts are planned for 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The two Springfield concerts will be held at High Street Baptist Church located at 900 North Eastgate Avenue, Springfield, MO. The 10:30 a.m. show is reserved for the Springfield R-12 district schools only and the 1:00 p.m. show is reserved for the Springfield and Branson rural, private, parochial, and home schools.
On the day of the performances, the children are brought to the concerts by school busses, seated together by classes with their teachers, and treated to an enriching cultural experience. The music is interspersed with entertaining facts about each composition. Musical instrumentation is explained, as are differences in musical styles.
Following each performance, the teachers follow up with each class attending in discussing important elements of the musical experience so as to integrate the concert experience into the students' curriculum.
The Springfield Symphony works with Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield arts community as members of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the community participates in collaborative efforts to provide equity and access in arts education for all students.
For more information or to be added to the Young People's Concerts mailing list, please contact the Symphony office at 417-864-6683.