The event introduces students to the symphony orchestra and classical music through an engaging program performed by the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra. The instruments and sections of the orchestra are featured throughout the performance, and the conductor’s engaging commentary is intended to draw each listener’s focus to the music and the musicians. The youth orchestra members—who are only a few years older than their audience members—serve as positive musical role models for the elementary school students in attendance.
The program is carefully designed to enrich the elementary school general music experience for ten and eleven-year-old students, and incorporates fourth- and fifth-grade National Core Arts Standards. In advance of the Symphony Day performances, each partnering classroom music teacher is provided a resource guide to help familiarize his/her students with the music they will experience during the concert. This guide contains recordings of the Symphony Day repertoire, as well as information about the music, composers, orchestra, performers, theatre, and experience. Additionally, it offers adaptable plans of classroom activities for use by general music teachers.
Symphony Day concerts are offered at no expense to participating schools.
For more information, please contact Benjamin Klemme, QCSO Associate Conductor, at the QCSO Office at (563) 424-7991.
Sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.