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Welcome to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Sound Discoveries* Young People's Concerts and annual Joint Concert of the CSO and Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. Each season more than 17,000 students from Southeast Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio attend the CSO's Young People's Concerts in Music Hall.

Please read more about our 2015-2016 Young People's Concert Programs below!

Each concert is approximately 50 minutes in length. Registration and curriculum guides will be available in late summer


Big, Bad Brass Bash
Wednesday, October 14, at 10:30 AM
Tuesday, November 24, at 10:30 AM

The instruments of the brass family have evolved over time to become the awesome and versatile instruments they are today! Come meet the instruments of the Brass Family as the CSO "blows their own horns" to put the spotlight on the horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. Selections include Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Cincinnati born Henry Fillmore's Lassus Trombone.

Name that Tonality
Tuesday, March 1, at 10:30 AM
Tuesday April 5, at 10:30 AM

Welcome to Name That Tonality, the game show where you have to guess "Is it Major or Minor?" During this concert, the CSO will explore a variety of music to demonstrate the concept of Major and Minor tonalities. With audience participation and even a sing-along, everyone is sure to leave the concert with the ability to Name That Tonality.


H2O: The Water Concert
Tuesday, November 17, at 10:30 AM
Monday, November 23, at 10:30 AM

Join the CSO as we explore the many ways water, the lifeblood of our planet, has influenced composers. Water themes — from gas to liquid to solid, bodies of water, and celebrations of water — will be illustrated by the CSO in excerpts of works including: Debussy's "Nuages" and Vivaldi's "Winter" from The Four Seasons.

Bach to the Future
Wednesday, March 2, at 10:30 AM
Tuesday, March 8, at 10:30 AM

Journey through time with the CSO as we demonstrate how the orchestra has changed, in size and instrumentation, from a small baroque ensemble to the large number of musicians we see on stage today in the 21st century.




CSO/CSYO Side-by-Side Concert
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Each season the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra combines forces with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to perform an exciting side-by-side concert. Little can be more inspiring than the spectacle of almost 200 musicians on stage playing some of the world's finest music together. A special feature of the concert is the performance of movements from the solo concerto repertoire by the winner of the annual CSYO Concerto Competition. Audience members are given the rare opportunity to see and hear their peers performing next to professional musicians and as soloists with the CSO.

Friday Morning Concerts
The CSO welcomes high school groups to enjoy a CSO Friday morning concert featuring world-renown guest soloists. Visit our Group Sales web page for more information.

High School Groups
The CSO welcomes high school groups to enjoy a CSO Friday morning concert featuring world-renown guest soloists. Visit our Group Sales web page or feel free to email Group Sales for more information.

CSO Young People’s Concert Teacher’s Guide
To help introduce your students to orchestral music and the experience of live performance, a Teacher’s Guide with lesson plans and CDs of music to be performed is available. These materials, created in part by the CSO’s Advisory Committee for Education (ACE), enable teachers to make the most of their students’ concert-going experience.

In an effort to provide a more robust Teacher’s Guide, the full guide is available online for download. The online guide features links and other items of interest not available in hard copy.  For the 2014-2015 season, guides will not be sent automatically. If you would like a hard copy of the guide, please be sure to enclose an additional $5 with your order to offset postage costs. CDs will be sent for all orders at no charge.

For any questions regarding education concerts, please call 513.621.1919


*Sound Discoveries: Music for Life is made possible thanks to The Corbett Educational Endowment established by Mrs. Patricia Corbett and The Corbett Foundation.


CSO Young People's Concerts are made possible by a generous gift from the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation.
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