KinderKonzerts! 2018-02-27T14:28:42+00:00

“As an educator for 12 years, I have never seen a children’s concert performed as appropriately as the one you did for us… Thank you again, and I only hope that we can go again and again.”
—2nd grade teacher, Wilson K-8 School, Amphitheater

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17-18 KinderKonzerts Lesson Plans


The KinderKonzerts! program brings more than 3,200 students and 150 teachers in grades K – 2nd to the Berger Performing Arts Center for performances by the TSO Chamber Orchestra.  These 45-minute concerts utilize a variety of classical music to illustrate the annual theme, “Music Tells a Story.” The concert shows how music communicates with the listener to create a mood, sense of place, characters, and action, all to tell a story without words.  The centerpiece of the performance is a musical enactment of a story by local author Susan Lowell, featuring the TSO String Quartet, with the music composed by Ilona Vukovic-Gay, TSO’s Assistant Principal Violist.

“At the Symphony I learned that music talks without saying a word.”
—Lucilla, Ocotillo Elementary, Sunnyside

The 2017-18 story is Josephina Javelina: A Hairy Tale.

Examples of past stories put to music include:

2016-17: Dusty Locks and the Three Bears
2015-16: Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella
2014-15: The Three Little Javelinas
2013-14: Little Red Cowboy Hat

2017-18 KinderKonzert performances are:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 9:45 or 11:00 AM
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 9:45 or 11:00 AM
Thursday, April 26, 2018 – 9:45 or 11:00 AM
Friday, April 27, 2018 – 9:45 or 11:00 AM

Nearly 40 public, private, parochial and home school groups take part in TSO KinderKonzerts!, with schools travelling from as far away as Oracle and Rio Rico.  Teachers participating in the KinderKonzert program receive the TSO’s Making Music Mine curriculum.  For more information and examples of this curriculum, please go to the Making Music Mine page.

For more information about the TSO’s KinderKonzerts! program, please contact Education Programs Manager, Alana Richardson at or (520) 620-9167.

KinderKonzerts! is supported in part by the Stonewall Foundation, Altrusa International, Pendleton Memorial Fund, and the Phoenix Suns Charities