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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. Besides our concerts at Music Hall, we invite you to attend our Teacher’s Workshops or to have CSO Musicians visit your school.

2014-15 Young People’s Concert Program Themes

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Rhythm & Meter: Easy as 1, 2, 3
Grades 1-4 (approximately 40 minutes)
Tuesday, October 14 at 10:30 AM
Monday, November 24 at 10:30 AM

You know it when you feel it – all kinds of music have a beat! Classical music uses rhythm and meter in a variety of fun and surprising ways. Join the CSO as they explore how composers use these elements to make music. Students will also learn some secrets behind what a conductor does…and it really is easy as 1, 2, 3!


Percussion Power
Grades 1-4 (approximately 40 minutes)
Tuesday, March 24 at 10:30 AM
Wednesday March 25 at 10:30 AM

The CSO Percussion Section is featured along with the CSO in a program focusing on this most fascinating, diverse and certainly most ancient among the families that make up our orchestra. The program will include excerpts from Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Mancini’s Drummer’s Delight.


Road Trip: Sounds & Rhythms from Around the World
Grades 5-8 (approximately 50 minutes)
Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30 AM
Tuesday, November 25 at 10:30 AM

Take your students on a trip around the world without ever leaving Cincinnati! Join the CSO as they serve as your guides to exotic locations. We will visit Asia, Europe and Africa before returning to North America. Our trip will feature African drumming with some audience participation led by Drums for Peace.


Ripped from the Headlines: History’s Heroes and Villains
Grades 5-8 (approximately 50 minutes)
Wednesday, January 28 at 10:30 AM
Monday, March 23 at 10:30 AM

History has long been an inspiration for composers’ works. Join the CSO as they take you from Ancient Rome and the emperor Titus (Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito) to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” (originally dedicated to Napoleon) to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 (written in response to Stalin) and finally to one of America’s great heroes as depicted in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.



CSO/CSYO Side-by-Side C oncert
Grades 4-12 (approximately 1 hour)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 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. The Side-by –Side is a truly exciting event and is recommended for students in grades 4-12.

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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