Young People’s Concerts

Join thousands of students from Portland and beyond at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to experience an educational concert – just for youth! The Oregon Symphony orchestra gives students a memorable musical experience by combining the expansive emotional impact of classical music with historical and social concepts that relate to their lives and learning today.

  • Designed for students in grades 3–8
  • Cost: $5/student; free for students in the federal free/reduced lunch program
  • Duration: About 50 minutes with no intermission
  • Location: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


2019/20 Young People’s Concert

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
9:30 & 11 am
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Norman Huynh, conductor
Pam Mahon, narrator
Kaia Selden, violin

Benjamin Britten’s composition takes us all on an epic tour of the instruments of the orchestra, with some of the catchiest and most colorful music ever composed. This piece is a great way to get to know the individual components of the orchestra, and it introduces a wide range of musical elements in an engaging way. Additional selections on this program will illustrate the various “musical colors” of each section.

The program includes:

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Vivaldi: Spring from The Four Seasons
Lully: Overture to Armide
Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Movement III (with soloist Kaia Selden)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee from The Tale of Tsar Sultan
John Williams: Main Title from Star Wars

Download 2020 Teacher’s Guide

For more information, contact Steve Wenig, vice president and general manager. 

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