Young People’s Concerts, or “YPCs” as we like to call them, are performed for more than 10,000 area third through eighth grade students every fall and spring. These 40-minute programs feature the full Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and often utilize actors or dancers to fully illustrate the program. For many students, these fun and educational concerts represent their first exposure to live symphonic music.
Concerts are held at 9:45 am and 10:50 am each concert day. Ticket prices are $9 and $11.
Beethoven Lives Upstairs
November 4, 5, and 6, 2014
The world famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the composer Ludwig van Beethoven who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Through the letters that are shared and the Wichita Symphony’s performance of the composer’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven. Conducted by Daniel Hege.
Time for Three
January 27, 28, and 29, 2015
Music Director Daniel Hege also conducts the January concerts featuring the string trio Time for Three, who won over YPC audiences in January 2012! Time for Three, the world’s first classically-trained garage band, has no end to the enthusiasm they show in playing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake. They’ve performed in concerts and jazz clubs as well as a NFL games and the Indy 500. Be sure to watch their hit YouTube anti-bullying video “Stronger.”
MATERIALS FOR TEACHERS
Materials for our 2014-2015 Young People’s Concerts can be downloaded at the links below:
YPC 2014-15 Programs
Beethoven Lives Upstairs Original CD
Beethoven Lives Upstairs Slide Show
Beethoven Lives Upstairs Teachers Notes
Beethoven Lives Upstairs Slideshow Notes
Wichita Public Library Resources
HOW TO ATTEND
Students register through their schools in early fall for both concerts. The cost for both concerts is $9 for students whose schools arrange their own transportation and $11 for students who ride buses arranged by the Wichita Symphony. Once registered, teachers receive instructional packets to utilize in preparing students for each program.
For more information, email YPC Coordinators:
at the Symphony, or call them at (316) 267-5259.
Young People’s Concerts are made possible by the following sponsors:
Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony
Fred and Mary Koch Foundation
The Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation
Westar Energy Foundation
The Lattner Family Foundation
Winfield Consumer Products
The City of Wichita Cultural Arts Funding
Children receive their first introduction to the WSO in the form of Kinderconcerts. Members of the Wichita Symphony’s Graduate String Quartet perform free in-school concerts at every public elementary sch
ool in Wichita each year.
The programs are geared for Kindergarten through the second grade, and introduce students to classical music in a fun manner to illustrate the basics of music – melody, rhythm, etc. – using an entertaining story that appeals to children.
These programs are underwritten by the Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation.