LSO’s annual Young People’s Concerts are orchestra programs in which nearly 5,000 fourth and fifth graders attend a one-hour concert at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. We work in cooperation with individual schools to provide bus transportation to and from this event. Teachers are provided with lesson plans to incorporate into their classroom curriculum in the months before the event. In many cases, these students’ experiences with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra are the first opportunity they have to listen to a live symphony orchestra.

LSO’s 2017 Young People’s Concert, “Fairy Tale Fantasy,” will be held on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 11:00am at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

You may apply to the Nebraska Arts Council’s School Bus Arts Grants program to receive funding to assist with the cost of transportation. Applications are due at least four weeks prior to the field trip and are reviewed on a first-received, first-funded basis until all available funds are awarded. Please call the NAC in advance of applying to determine funding status. On average, you will be notified regarding your award within two weeks.

LSO’s brochure and order form for the 2016 Young People’s Concerts are available below or by calling our office at (402) 476-2211.
2017 YPC Brochure
2017 YPC Order Form


Madcap Puppets
Dr. Tyler G. White, conductor

Madcap Puppets join LSO for this afternoon of fairy tales, with their giant puppets reaching up to 12 feet tall. The performance will include many fairy tales, including Rapunzel, The Ugly Duckling, The Gingerbread Man, and The Waltzing Cat. Fairy tales will be set to orchestral music:

Mozart, Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Khachaturian, Gayane: Suite No. 3 – Sabre Dance
Anderson, The Typewriter
Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, op. 68, F major (Pastorale) – 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Thunderstorm)
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 5 (arr. A. Parlow)
Grieg, “Anitra’s Dance” from Peer Gynt Suite No.1

(Woolley, The Ugly Duckling Suite and Anderson, The Waltzing Cat has  been cut from the program)

Each set of lesson plans is by no means something you must use in preparation for our YPCs. Note there is no recording or lesson plan available for Woolley. Lesson plans were created by Nebraska Wesleyan University music education students (Rylee Epp, Andrew Seuferer, and Connor Zimmer) under the instruction of Dr. Amy Spears.


Please have students complete this benchmark survey online  or by hand to help LSO track the direct impact of the Young People’s Concerts. Following the performance, please have students complete this form.