Due to the acute shortage of school bus drivers in Central Virginia this fall, the Charlottesville Symphony decided to replace its annual Youth Concerts at Old Cabell Hall with a digital program, available to stream for students between January 2, 2023, and February 28, 2023, at no cost.
Each October, the Charlottesville Symphony presents two free Youth Concerts in area fourth and fifth graders. These forty-five minute performances introduce students to orchestral instruments and serve as a recruiting tool for school band and orchestra programs. Students are invited to attend the concerts in the academic year before they have the opportunity to join their own school ensembles, assisting children in making educated choices about what instrument they would like to play. They are always popular with students, and serve for many as their first experience with live orchestral music. The concerts have enthusiastic support from local music teachers, who consider the concerts a part of their school’s music curriculum.
The Symphony’s first Youth Concerts were presented in 1977. Past programs include: A Musical Menagerie, Score One for the Orchestra, A Musical Forecast, Close Encounters of the Orchestral Kind, and Beethoven, Back to the Future.
A Musical Forecast has been made possible by generous support from:
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Brown Fund for Youth Concerts
Richard M. and Tessa G. Ader Endowed Fund for Music Education
The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
Individual contributors to the Charlottesville Symphony Society Annual Fund
While our annual concert is designed for students in fourth and fifth grades, we are certain that music teachers can share the video with students of all ages in meaningful ways, and we encourage them to do so.
We are now accepting requests for access to the digital Youth Concert. Details are provided in the invitation. Click here to read the invitation.
For further information about the Youth Concert, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Concert Invitation
Youth Concert Learning Resource
YouTube links to the Music