We are proud each fall to present A Musical Adventure, an educational concert for elementary and middle school students in field-trip groups; these concerts are ideal for students in grades 3-6. Our performances capture the imaginations of our young audience members, all while teaching them about the sound of each instrument in the orchestra and how players make music together.
Our 2019 concert - a musical adventure with the music of 20th century composer Dmitri Shostakovich - is Tuesday, October 22, in Oak Brook. Identical performances will be presented at 9:30 am and 10:45 am, with student admission at $5 and teachers/chaperones admitted free.
You can download the concert registration package here. At the concert, students will hear demonstrations of the sound of each section of a symphony orchestra, will learn how orchestras tune, and will be treated to a sampling of Shostakovich's upbeat, high-energy music. The concert program includes his Ballet Suite No. 1 (listen here), which is a medley of six short dances, and the lively first movement and third movement from his Symphony No. 9.
Please contact us with any questions about future performances!
Comments received from the past concerts:
"My students loved it. Maestro Lipari is so engaging. Wonderful concert.They LOVED it and were engaged from beginning to end!"
"Wow! What a wonderful performance! My 5th grade band students just returned from the performance and were in awe of the wonderful sound of the orchestra. The director had a marvelous rapport with the kids. What a great opportunity for the students to hear excellent live music!"
"The concert yesterday was beautiful. I always enjoy it so much and the choice of music is so perfect for kids. The kids really liked it, too. The way Peter talked to them about active listening really helped them pay attention and notice the instrumentation!"
"Superior interaction on the part of the conductor. Our 4th grade team looks forward to your concert each year."
"Selections were perfect, conductor was entertaining, length was appropriate fo r age l evel, price is reasonable and location convenient."
"Wonderful concert! Kids are still talking about it! Thank you so much!"
"This is always a positive experience for the students and a great first orchestra concert!"
"The conductor was really entertaining! He captured the students' attention and motivated them to listen by actively engaging them in the whole experience."
"What beautiful music! Students and staff both enjoyed the performance."
"The interaction with the symphony members and my students were outstanding. Everyone was very friendly and open to them."