Young People’s Concert

Join hundreds of students from Salem and beyond at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium 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 and for students who attend Title I schools
  • Duration: About 50 minutes with no intermission
  • Location: Smith Auditorium, Willamette University

Reservations are required – order now!


2019/20 Young People’s Concert

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

Monday, March 9, 2020
10 & 11:30 am
Smith Auditorium, Willamette University

Norman Huynh, conductor
Pam Mahon, narrator

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 will include:

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

A complimentary teacher’s guide will be available in December. Order early to ensure you get seats, as the concerts are likely to sell out!

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