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Got Music? Educational Programs at the KC Symphony

After a long hiatus, the educational programs at the Kansas City Symphony are back! Homeschooling families can apply to reserve reduced fee tickets for various events, but the one that tends to be most popular is their series of the Young People’s Concert. This is a performance series that introduces people in third to sixth grade to the orchestra, so they can learn about the different roles, instruments, and behaviors that are present in the orchestra.

This year’s performance includes the following pieces:

  • WAGNER Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin

  • STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite for Orchestra

  • MOZART Excerpts from Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

  • MENDELSSOHN Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra, op. 64, I. Allegro molto appassionato, Mika Gibbs, violin

  • VALERIE COLEMAN Umoja: Anthem of Unity

  • TRADITIONAL/RICHMAN “De Colores” – audience singalong!

  • BERNSTEIN/MASON Selections from West Side Story

  • SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture, Op. 96

This is an amazing offering, and tickets are $2 per person, making it an incredibly affordable cultural experience for adult chaperones and children alike. For more information, click this link: Kansas City Symphony Educational Programs.

In addition to the performance, the KC Symphony also provides an educational curriculum guide to prepare students for the experience. This guide offers an overview to each of the composers, information about the symphony members, an etiquette guide for attending, additional educational activities, and most importantly, the sheet music for the “De Colores” audience singalong.

Even if a trip to the KC Symphony isn’t possible for your family, these pieces can be found on YouTube, and the activities in the educational curriculum guide can offer interesting and fun activities for your family.


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