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Young People’s Concerts

Young People’s Concerts, or “YPC’s” as we like to call them, are performed for area third through eighth grade students every fall and winter, reaching approximately 25,000 students and their teachers each year. These 40-minute programs feature the full Wichita Symphony Orchestra and often utilize actors or dancers to illustrate the program. For many students, these fun and educational concerts represent their first experience with live symphonic music in Century II Concert Hall.

2017-2018 Young People's Concerts Announced!

November 7-9, 2017: The Legend of the Northern Lights

Inspired by a children’s story by Walt Terry
Film by Emmy-nominated astronomer Dr. José Francisco Salgado
Music by Grammy-nominated composer Christopher Theofanidis

This concert is a fusion of science and fantasy that captures the imagination of all ages, seamlessly combining music, film, narration, and animation. It recognizes the cultural stories, including the legends with deep roots in Native American tribes, surrounding the aurora borealis and the actual science that causes these mysterious and beautiful lights of the night sky. The Wichita Symphony under the baton of its Music Director Daniel Hege enhances this experience with music by Grammy-nominated Christopher Theofanidis, one of America’s most successful composers on the scene today.

January 23-25, 2018: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage

Based on a children’s story by Susan Hammond
Starring Classical Kids Live!
Guest Conducted by Mark Laycock

From the award-winning Classical Kids Live, Mozart’s Magnificent Journey tells the story about Mozart’s young son, Karl, who longs to be taken from his boarding school to spend more time with his famous father. An old travelling trunk serves as a magic chest takes Karl in time to Mozart’s childhood and into the fantastic world of his father's great opera The Magic Flute. Along the way, Karl comes to understand Mozart’s extraordinary life as a travelling prodigy, his pressures from family and fame, his passion for composing, and the common bonds they both share. Students will be introduced to over two dozen excerpts from the catalogue of Mozart’s beautiful music in this theatrical concert production that uses period costumes, props, set pieces and theatrical lighting enhance our fully directed and staged production.

How to Attend

Students register through their schools in early fall for both concerts. Teachers who wish to bring their students to YPC's should contact Anne Marie Brown, Director of Operations and Education.

Inquire About YPC's

Cost to Attend

USD 259 and Wichita Private Schools
Schools outside USD 259

For more information, contact:

Anne Marie Brown
Director of Operations & Education
(316) 267-5259 ext. 107

YPC Materials

The Legend of the Northern Lights

KV 265 Legend of the Northern Lights Education Guide

General YPC Materials

The Orchestra Orchestra Worksheets Online Resources

Library Resources Classroom Activities Concert Etiquette 

Daniel Hege Bio WSO Musicians

Young People's Concerts are made possibly by the generous support of

Bank of America
The City of Wichita
Cox Communications
The Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation
The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation
The Lattner Family Foundation
The Naftzger Fund for Fine Arts
Textron Aviation
Robert and Gwen Tyler
The Westar Energy Foundation
Winfield Consumer Products

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