Youth and Family Concert Programs

Program Rentals include:

Repertoire (with suggested edits), Script and Screen Animation PowerPoint



Adaptations in Motion: Animal and Musical

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Trace the evolution of tetrapod locomotion, spanning millions of years as animals moved from water, to land and then to the sky. Each musical piece demonstrates the same locomotion through the melodic and rhythmic motion of the music. In this concert, we explore motion that is shared in classical music and tetrapod locomotion. Throughout the concert, your audience will hear classical music that moves in a swimming, crawling, tree-climbing, jumping, running and flying motion.

Musical Concept: Melodic Motion
Connecting Subjects:
Biology, Scientific Illustration

Be Like Beethoven: Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

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Inspire your audiences to hear real solutions to our growing global plastic pollution problem through beautiful music! Great composers, like Beethoven, can show us how. Listen as various compositional techniques are connected to the way we use and dispose of plastic products. Throughout the concert, the audience will hear how the composer’s musical idea is reused (repetition), repurposed (motivic development) and recycled (fragmentation) within a piece of music. Encouraging environmental sustainability never sounded so good!

Musical Concept: Motivic Development
Connecting Subjects:
Environmental Science

Gravity in Space and Sound

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In this concert, we explore the concept of gravity in space and in classical music. Throughout the concert, the listeners hear repertoire that demonstrates chord cycles of varying lengths with chords of varying degrees of pull to resolve to the tonic. By connecting each piece of music with the corresponding planet that has a similar orbital rate and gravitational pull, audience members can hear how gravity exists in our solar system and in our musical system.

Musical Concept: Harmonic Relationships
Connecting Subjects:
Astronomy, Physics

Sounds and Shapes of Symmetry

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Symmetry is all around us! Throughout the concert, the audience will experience symmetry through sight and through sound. Slide, mirror and flip symmetry is explored in shapes, architecture, art and classical music as we feature music from Mozart, Haydn, Bach and more! Watch as symmetrical shapes are animated in time with the musical performances.

Musical Concept: Thematic Transformations
Connecting Subjects:
Geometry, Photography, Nature

The Orchestra as Ecosystem

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Experience the orchestra as one magnificent musical ecosystem! Within an ecosystem, balance is key in maintaining harmonious interaction between organisms and their environment. Balance is also a vital component in music. A composer’s concern for balance can be heard in the orchestration of musical parts and manipulation of musical texture. Musical aspects of each ecosystem are performed by specific instruments, sections and instrument families! We’ll explore various ecosystems to understand the role of living organisms to sustain a balanced environment and hear how various sections of the orchestra create balance in a musical composition. 

Musical Concepts: Musical Texture and Orchestration
Connecting Subjects:

Tracking Rhythms: Shared Rhythms in Classical Music and Quadruped Gaits

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Discover rhythms that are shared in classical music and the gaits of animals! As animals move through an environment using different types of gaits (walking, trotting, bounding) their limbs strike the ground creating various rhythmic figures that are also found in music. We will investigate animal ground tracks to determine the type of animal and the gait that animal used while in motion. Watch and listen as these gaits and tracks come to life, animated onscreen in time with the musical performances.

Musical Concepts: Rhythmic Activity and Motion
Connecting Subjects:

Creative Contrast

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In this concert, we explore contrast in photography, 2-voice poetry and classical music. The concert includes the exploration of contrast in number (texture), contrast in motion (tempo) and contrast in light and tone (tonality). Throughout the concert, we see vivid examples of contrast’s ability to add power and emphasis to words, imagery and music.

Musical Concepts: Texture, Tempo, and Musical Tonality
Connecting Subjects:
Two-Voice Poetry, Grammar, Photography

Mapping Melodies

This concert allows you to draw your audience into your concert as their drawings come to life in the musical performance. Contour is a rich concept that can be represented in many different ways. In music, we will hear contour in the shape of the melodies performed in the concert. In math, we will see contour represented in the way we information through a graph. In imagery, we will see contour represented in the shape or contour of an object, scene or drawing.

Musical Concepts: Melodic Contour
Connecting Subjects: Graphing, Imagery