47th Annual Young People's Concerts



January 31, 2017

The 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 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.

Three concerts are planned for Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The concerts are planned for 9:15 a.m., 11:15 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 11:15 a.m. show is reserved for the Springfield R-12 district schools only and the 1:00 p.m. show is reserved for the rural, private, parochial, and home schools.  The 9:15 a.m. Branson concert will be held at a location to be determined later in the season.

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.

For more information or to be added to the Young People's Concerts mailing list, please contact the Symphony office at 417-864-6683.

Funding for the Young People's Concerts provided by:


The Springfield Symphony works with the 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.



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