Young People’s Concerts
Each year, thousands of children attend the NBSO’s Young People’s Concerts (YPC) at the historic Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in downtown New Bedford where they experience the power and excitement of a live orchestral performance. As the final phase of the Learning in Concert program, the Young People’s Concerts are a celebration of the students’ year-long exploration of a concept that is authentically shared between classical music and relevant art and academic areas. Throughout the concert, students’ compositions, writing, video interviews, artwork, and photographs completed during the Learning in Concert fall and winter programs are featured on a large screen suspended above the orchestra.
2018: Symphony Symbiosis!
The 2018 Young People’s Concerts will be the final phase of our 2017-2018 Learning in Concert program, The Orchestra as Ecosystem: Symphony Symbiosis. To learn more about this program, please contact Education Director Terry Wolkowicz.
A look at our past Young People’s Concerts in action:
2017: Gravity in Space and Sound
In March 2017, students who participated in the 2016-2017 Learning in Concert program Gravity in Space and Sound attended our Young People’s Concerts at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. At this culminating event of our three-phase Learning in Concert program, thousands of students came to the Z to hear a live concert with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. The NBSO performed exciting classical music that demonstrated various degrees of gravitational force through harmonic cycles and melody. They also performed student compositions of orbital progressions while video of our students at work throughout the year was displayed.
2016: Adaptations in Motion
At YPC 2016, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra performed the World Premiere of Adaptations in Motion, where our student composers, using various compositional techniques, skillfully created musical adaptations that replicate through music the gradual progression of ancient species who moved from swimming and gliding in water to moving, walking or running on land. Throughout the premiere performance, student-created scientific illustrations of the different species explored throughout the curriculum are featured on a large screen suspended above the orchestra alongside illustrations from Kalliopi Monoyios and other notable scientific illustrators.
For program registration information, please email Education Director Terry Wolkowicz or call 508-999-6276.