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Nashville Symphony 2019-2020 Young People’s Concerts

Registration for this free music series for kids opens Monday, July 29 at 10 a.m.

Every year, the Nashville Symphony puts together a special series of Young People's Concerts (not to be confused with the Family Series). The Young People's Concerts is a series of free performances for students in grades K – 12 (teacher and chaperone tickets are $10). These special concerts are open to students in public, private and home schools.

In addition to the concerts, there's a deeper educational component. Participating teachers receive a downloadable curriculum that includes lesson plans, music selections and other resources. The content of each concert in the series is geared toward specific grade levels meeting both fine arts and Tennessee's academic standards.


Grades 5 – 12

Composing a Movement: Women in Classical Music
Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 10:15 & 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 10:15 & 11:45 a.m.

Students will learn about the vital but often forgotten histories of female composers in classical music, with works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger and Florence Price. The Nashville Symphony celebrates the legacy these women created and the paths they forged for composers and musicians today.

Grades 3 – 4

Montgomery Variations
Thursday, Jan. 22 at 10:15 & 11:45 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 24 at 10:15 & 11:45 a.m.

Held during the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this concert celebrates black composers. It features Margaret Bonds’ piece written in 1965 during the Selma-to-Montgomery Freedom March dedicated to King. The program includes works by Florence Price, William Grant Still and W.C. Handy, along with pieces by living composers Adolphus Hailstork and Jessie Montgomery.

Grades K – 2

The Conductor’s Spellbook
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10:15 & 11:45 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10:15 & 11:45 a.m.

Young students will learn all about the instruments of the orchestra, the conductor and the musical magic they create during this interactive concert with a plot: Young Tony Stradivarius has found a book of spells. What will Tony and the orchestra discover when they open it?


Registration for all 2019 – 2020 Young People’s Concerts opens Monday, July 29 at 10 a.m. For more info, including participation requirements, lesson plans and FAQs, click here.

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