Designed for grades 3 through 8, the acclaimed MSO Youth Series uses orchestral masterworks to inspire students, promote active listening, and encourage critical thinking. These concerts align with state and national standards for music education, as well as connect to multiple subjects and disciplines.

Make the most of your Youth Series field trip day.

Add a Milwaukee Art Museum tour to complement these performances. Separate fees apply. Call 414.224.3842 for information and to schedule your tour.



The Composer is Dead: A Slightly Spooky Musical Mystery

October 13, 14, & 15, 2020
10:30 am & 12:00 pm | Bradley Symphony Center



Yaniv Dinur, conductor
Actor, TBA

Mussorgsky (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov): Night on Bald Mountain (excerpt)
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op. 40, I. Prelude
Bernstein (arr. Peress): “Mambo”
Brahms: Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16, II. Scherzo Vivace
Nathaniel Stookey: The Composer is Dead

Can you solve this musical murder mystery? Students will be introduced to each section of the orchestra – from the sneaky strings to the tricky trombones – until at last the inspector can figure out who snuffed out the composer. The fun, family-friendly mystery The Composer is Dead features music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket.

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Recycling Rhapsody: Composers Reuse and Recycle, too!

February 9 + 10, 2021
10:30 am & 12:00 pm | Bradley Symphony Center



Ken-David Masur, conductor
Student hosts, TBA
This concert will feature the 2020 Audrey G. Baird Stars of Tomorrow Competition Winner.

Repertoire to include:
Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Movement 1
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Movement 3
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, Finale

Did you know that composers often reuse and recycle music? It’s true! This fascinating concert explores the ways that a composer can recycle a musical idea into something new and different. Students will learn about themes, motives, variations and more by listening to famous examples such as Copland's Variations on a Shaker Melody and the Finale from Stravinksy's Firebird Suite. Recycling Rhapsody also celebrates the reuse of the nearly-abandoned Warner Grand Theater as the new Bradley Symphony Center!

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Prior to each Youth Concert, Forte volunteer docents receive intensive training for classroom visits that prepare students for the upcoming concerts in a fun, interactive, and educational way. These visits are provided for Youth Series program attendees at no cost. On your reservation form, please indicate if you are interested in having a docent visit your classroom.