In the middle of his weekly bath, Alvin the Alien falls out of the Big Dipper and lands on the stage of Old Cabell Hall. Hear what happens when he finds a conductor’s baton on the podium! The Charlottesville Symphony will present a fascinating tour of famous orchestral works with a science fiction theme. We will explore the families of the orchestra, enjoy the expressive nature of music, and learn how a beautiful melody can energize us. Join Alvin as he has a “Close Encounter” with an orchestra for the first time, and hear how we help Alvin find his way home!
Each October, the Charlottesville Symphony presents two free Youth Concerts in Old Cabell Hall for 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.
Our virtual youth concert was so popular in recent years that we have decided to continue to offer a streamed option. We recorded our live performances in October 2023, and the digital version will be available for viewing from January 2, 2024 through February 29, 2024.
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 will accept reservations beginning on Monday, December 18, 2023. Details will be provided in the invitation.
Access and reservation information for the digital concert will be posted in December.
For further information about the Digital Youth Concert, please contact email@example.com.
Fifth graders from the Albemarle, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rockingham, Staunton, and Waynesboro Public Schools; and fourth graders from the Charlottesville City Schools are invited to attend. Additionally, we are pleased to welcome fourth and fifth grade students from private schools or who are home-schooled in the Charlottesville area. Due to space limitations, we ask each school to limit to one grade level only. Grade-combined classes, please contact us for special instructions.
We will accept reservations beginning on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Details are provided in the invitation.
For further information about the Youth Concert, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.