Young People’s Concerts (YPC) are concerts designed for grades 3–5 performed by the full Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Reaching more than 13,000 students and teachers over three days, YPC brings the power of a live symphony orchestra to more than 80 schools (including the 36 MIS schools). Participating schools represent the entirety of Southern Arizona, with schools traveling from as far away as Oracle, Rio Rico, and Nogales. Participating YPC teachers also receive a Teacher Guide with suggested activities to use throughout the school year in preparation for the Young People’s Concert.

Upcoming Concerts

Chris Confessore, conductor
Tuesday–Thursday, May 2–4, 2023, 9:45 or 11:00 a.m.
Linda Ronstadt Music Hall
Grades: 3rd–5th

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Join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra with returning guest conductor Chris Confessore for Young People’s Concerts. This year’s program features The Melodic Life composed and performed by Gregory Smith. It employs a “follow that melody” approach that traces the life of a lighthearted melody named Bob from early childhood to middle age. Stops are made at a variety of life events including going to school, playing sports and job experiences, such as being in a circus and a Broadway show. The Melodic Life hones the listening skills of the audience while fostering a deeper appreciation for melodic use and development. The proverbial message “variety is the spice of life” will ring in the listeners’ ears as well as their hearts.

Things to Know:

  1. Each participating school will receive materials specially designed to fit into limited class time and compliment required Arizona teaching standards. Curriculum will become digitally available approximately six weeks before your trip to Young People’s Concerts.
  2. This program fills up fast; make sure to register soon to reserve your spot! Tickets can be reserved in advance with no payment due until Spring 2023. Tickets are $7 for students, chaperones and teachers.
  3. Enroll now in our Music in the Schools program and get 100 free tickets to this year’s Young People’s Concert, plus any additional tickets will be discounted at $6 each.
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