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Educational and Engaging Musical Experiences for

Young People



Designed for grades 3 through 8, the acclaimed Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Youth Series uses orchestral masterworks to inspire students, promote active listening, and encourage critical thinking. Concerts align with state and national standards for music education, as well as connect to multiple subjects and disciplines. Make the most of your Youth Series field trip day. Add a Milwaukee Art Museum tour to complement these performances. Separate fees apply. Call 414.224.3842 for information and to schedule your tour.

American Reflections: This is Us October 1, 2019 10:30 am + 12:00 pm | Uihlein Hall November 19, 2019 10:30 am + 12:00 pm | Uihlein Hall Yaniv Dinur, conductor Joan Tower “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1” Gould American Salute Copland “Hoe Down” Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (excerpt) Price Symphony No. 1, third movement, “Juba Dance” Arturo Márquez Danzón No. 2 John Williams Main Theme from Star Wars The music of America is a rich and unique melting pot all its own. This program celebrates composers of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, with stunning music including excerpts from Florence Price’s First Symphony, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Joan Tower’s “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman,” as well as works by Arturo Márquez, Morton Gould, Aaron Copland, and John Williams. This concert will feature the 2019 Wisconsin Youth Piano Competition Winner.

As a youngster, I never dreamed there could be a career actually earning a living writing music. John Williams, composer

Beethoven: A Birthday Celebration January 21, 2020 10:30 am + 12:00 pm | Uihlein Hall January 28, 2020 10:30 am + 12:00 pm | Uihlein Hall January 29, 2020 10:30 am | Uihlein Hall* Yaniv Dinur, conductor | Actor TBA Beethoven Excerpts from Symphonies 3, 5, 6, 7 & 9 Happy 250th birthday, Beethoven! To celebrate, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs pieces of the composer’s greatest hits. You will recognize Beethoven’s triumphant Eroica, the peaceful Pastoral, the incredible Symphony No. 9, the unforgettable (dum-dum-dum-DUM) Symphony No. 5, and more. In an extra birthday surprise, you may even spot the legendary Beethoven on stage. *MAM tours not available January 29.

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man. E. M. Forster, English novelist

“Link Up: The Orchestra Sings” concert in Uihlein Hall.


Link Up pairs orchestras across the country with students in grades 3-5 at schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire through a year-long hands-on music curriculum.

Link Up: The Orchestra Sings March 10, 2020 10:30 am + 12:00 pm | Uihlein Hall Yaniv Dinur, conductor Cabaniss: Come to Play Dvořák, arr. Cabaniss New World Symphony, movement 2 (Largo) Beethoven, arr. Cabaniss “Ode to Joy” Traditional “Simple Gifts” Copland “I Bought Me a Cat” Tom Cabaniss “To Make Words Sing” Papoulis “Oye” The Milwaukee Symphony partners with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to bring the Link Up program to our community. Melody is a universal element of music. Composers and musicians create melodies, which can be sung or played on instruments. Through the Link Up repertoire, students explore the ways composers and musicians use melodies to “sing” in this culminating concert with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. This concert will feature the 2019 Audrey G. Baird Stars of Tomorrow Competition Winner. *MAM tours not available for Link Up.

I liked that the show was interactive; like when we would sing and play the recorder. I liked that most of the songs were intense and exciting.” Sage, Roosevelt School student


A special program that is “just right” for the MSO’s youngest listeners. Designed for students in grades K4 through 2, these 40-minute programs make connections with Music, Social Studies, and ELA fields of study. Make the most of your Music for Me! field trip day. Add a Milwaukee Art Museum tour to complement these performances. Separate fees apply. Call 414.224.3842 for information and to schedule your tour.

Peter and the Wolf with Really Inventive Stuff November 5, 2019 10:00 + 11:30 am | Pabst Theater November 6, 2019 10:00 am | Pabst Theater Yaniv Dinur, conductor | Really Inventive Stuff, theatre company Haydn (L. Mozart) Toy Symphony Grieg Holberg Suite, first movement Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra welcomes back Really Inventive Stuff, vaudevilleinspired storytellers for orchestras — this imaginative group uses comedy, props and interaction to refresh beloved musical classics and enchant audiences of all ages. In Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, the composer uses an adventure of a young boy, a cat, a duck, a wolf and more to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra. This fun program begins with the quirky Toy Symphony, which includes noisemakers, kazoos and other toy instruments as part of the orchestra.

Michael Boudewyns Really Inventive Stuff Co-founder and performer

It was my fi rst ever concert, and one that I won’t forget! Jaxon, Hawthorn Elementary South student

Venues and Pricing Uihlein Hall Marcus Center, 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee Pabst Theater 144 East Wells Street, Milwaukee Single Concert All programs subject to change.



Premium Uihlein Hall Seating includes Orchestra rows D–S, Box, Side Loge Pabst Theater Seating includes Orchestra and Mezzanine Circle







Docents In conjunction with Forte, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Volunteer League, the MSO offers free docent visits leading up to the Youth and Music for Me! concerts. Our docents are passionate about the orchestra, and trained by the area’s finest music educators. Docents arrange a time to visit your school, bringing fun activities and lessons corresponding to the performance. For more information, email

Teen Concerts The Teen Choral Partners Concert will take a one year hiatus for the 2019.20 season. We look forward to its return in 2020.21 in our beautiful new hall with our new Music Director Ken-David Masur conducting! Still want to bring your high school students to a concert during the 2019.20 school year? Check out the MSO Prelude Series — a sampling of our full-length Classics concerts performed on select Fridays at 11:15 am. Visit for dates and concert options. To arrange a group ticket rate, contact Luther Gray, MSO Group Sales Manager, at 414.226.7840.

ACE Program The nationally acclaimed ACE (Arts in Community Education) Program is entering its 30th season of enhancing students’ education through the integration of music and art into the regular school curriculum. Our ACE partner schools receive multiple in-school visits from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra musicians and other professional artists from Milwaukee and beyond. Also part of the ACE program are special MSO concerts, PD sessions and arts integration resources — for little more than the cost of most field trips. To learn more about becoming an ACE partner school, contact the MSO Education Office at or 414.226.7812 for more information.

Other Information Chaperones

One complimentary chaperone ticket is offered for every ten paid student tickets.

Educational materials

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Teacher Resource Guides provide background information about the music and composers, and lesson plans in a full-color, digital format. Lesson plans support Common Core and Wisconsin State Standards in music, English language arts, and other subject areas. Access to the Naxos Digital Library will be provided for each concert. A $3 processing fee will be charged to help cover the cost of materials.

Contact information

Education Department Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra 1101 North Market Street, Suite 100 Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone 414.226.7886 Fax 414.224.8420 Email

Educators’ discount

Get 50% off regular subscription prices for any 19.20 Classics Series, including Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven Five, Pictures at an Exhibition, and more! Call Luther Gray at 414.226.7800 or email today.

Concerts for Schools is funded by the Herzfeld Foundation and the Eleanor N. Wilson and Irene Edelstein Memorial Funds as administered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Concerts for Schools is also supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). All MSO education programs are supported in part by an endowment from the Hearst Foundations and the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).

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Educational and Engaging Musical Experiences for Young People

2019.20 Concerts for Schools brochure  

Educational and Engaging Musical Experiences for Young People