CONCERTS FOR SCHOOLS
ANNOUNCING OUR VIRTUAL CONCERTS FOR SCHOOLS SEASON!
We are excited to announce that the MSO has two digital education concerts in development for spring 2021!
Virtual Concert 1
Meet the four families of instruments in the orchestra as you receive an informal tour of the new Bradley Symphony Center. Our host Yaniv is settling into our new home at the BSC, but there is a rumor that this former 1930s movie palace holds a secret. Does Yaniv keep having near encounters with the Bradley Symphony Center Specter?
This concert features an MSO musician from each instrument family.
Best enjoyed by grades Pre-K through 5. Expected release is late March.
Virtual Concert 2
This year has been hard on all of us. Students, teachers, and parents are dealing with unprecedented challenges and uncertainty. These stressors trigger many emotions which can be difficult to process and even difficult to name, especially for younger students. This concert will celebrate the ways music can allow us to feel, process, and respond - even without words. While it will explore many emotions, it will end with hope.
Best enjoyed by grades 3 through 12. Expected release is early May.
The concerts will each be available for approximately 30 days in an on-demand format. They will be FREE to download, but educators will need to register below to receive the link. Digital teacher resources will be distributed approximately two weeks prior to each concert release date.
Register for Virtual Education Concerts here.
Release dates and other details will be updated as information is available.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our in-person 2020.21 Concerts for Schools performances have been cancelled. We look forward to the return of all our series (Youth Performances, Music for Me, Link Up, and Teen) in 2021.22.
Each year over 30,000 students in grades K-12 experience the wonder of live orchestral music through MSO Concerts for Schools. These curriculum-based programs feature great works of the vast symphonic repertoire performed by the professional musicians of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Educational and engaging concert narration, preparation materials, and classroom visits by Forte Volunteer League docents give students the knowledge needed to grasp the music in greater depth. By understanding works in context, students develop a lifelong desire to hear orchestral music and a personal connection to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Seating will be assigned based on group size and accessibility needs.
► Bradley Symphony Center, 212 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Plan your route to the Bradley Symphony Center at maps.google.com.
For all concerts, 1 complimentary chaperone ticket will be offered for every 10 paid student seats. We recommend that children under the age of three do not attend Concerts for Schools. All attendees, excluding complimentary chaperone seats, need to have a paid ticket regardless of age.
An MSO Teacher Resource Guide is provided for each concert. Guides include information about the music and composers, as well as suggested lesson plans and student activities. Lesson plans are specifically written to support Wisconsin’s Academic Content and Performance standards in music, language arts, and other subject areas. Follow the MSO Education Spotify Channel to access the accompanying Audio Guides.
Additional General Resources
Browse additional recommended online and print resources to aid in concert preparation and to introduce students to the orchestra.
Virtual ACE Program
Looking for a virtual option to enrich your school curriculum this year? Check out the MSO Virtual ACE (Arts in Community Education) Program. This nationally acclaimed arts integration program will bring video performances, live-time Q & As, and a multitude of resources to teachers and students wherever they are learning. Due to the virtual format, we are able to make ACE available to schools throughout the state as well as homeschools for the first time.
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).