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Young People’s Concerts

Young People’s Concerts, or “YPCs” as we like to call them, are performed for area third through eighth grade students every fall and winter, reaching approximately 24,000 students and 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 are their first experience with live symphonic music!

Provide a YPC Scholarship

By giving just $13, you can provide a scholarship for a student to attend two concerts!


2019-2020 Young People's Concerts

November 12-14, 2019: THE MAGIC OF MEXICO

Nicholas Bardonnay, photographer & multimedia artist
Wichita Symphony Orchestra

What country has boisterous festivals, 16th-century colonial towns, ancient wonders, and some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet? Mexico! The country also boasts one of the most biodiverse landscapes on Earth, spanning everything from deserts to rainforests, coastal mangroves to 18,000-foot snowcapped volcanoes. The Magic of Mexico weaves together a vibrant tapestry of the people, places, and everyday life across 18 states in Mexico. From Zacatecas to Chiapas, Oaxaca to Baja California Sur, The Magic of Mexico draws audiences into Mexico’s colorful heart and treats their senses to the sights and sounds of a country that relatively few outsiders get to know. The format includes live orchestra, multiple digital projectors, a 440-square-foot screen, and 100s of images choreographed by Nicholas Bardonnay, photographer & multimedia artist.

Selections include:
AARON COPLAND  El Salón México
SILVESTRE REVUELTAS  La Noche de los Mayas
MANUEL DE FALLA  Ritual Fire Dance


Classical Kids Live!
Wichita Symphony Orchestra

The WSO celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of musical giant, Ludwig van Beethoven through this collaboration with the theatrical symphony concert series, Classical Kids Live! Beethoven Lives Upstairs tells the story of a young Viennese boy named Christoph, whose father has just died, and the “madman” Beethoven has taken the room upstairs. The play is underscored by 25 excerpts of the composer’s music performed by the Wichita Symphony, and tells the story of how Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music, and the torment of his deafness.

How to Attend

The registration deadline to attend YPCs in the 2019-2020 season has passed. For inquiries regarding late registrations contact:

Education & Community Engagement Manager | 316.440.7831
Wichita Symphony Orchestra
225 W Douglas Ave, Suite 207
Wichita, KS 67202

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

Colin & Joan Bailey
Bank of America
Tom & Maggie Benefiel
Jackie & Hank Byars
The Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation
Capitol Federal Foundation
Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
The Fred & Mary Koch Foundation
Lattner Family Foundation
Colby Sandlian
The Dwane L. & Velma Lunt Wallace Charitable Fund
The Evergy Foundation
Women's Association of the Wichita Symphony

The Wichita Symphony receives funding for general operational support from the

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