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Music is the Ticket for Young People


On Aug. 31, Duke Energy presented the CSO with a check supporting the “Music is the Ticket” program. Music is the Ticket ensures that any student can attend Young People’s Concerts at Music Hall regardless of economic background through free and reduced-price tickets. Last season, 55% of students who attended these performances were able to do so thanks to this program and the generous sponsors who help fund it.

The 2015–16 season of Young People’s Concerts kicks off on Oct. 14 with a “Big, Bad Brass Bash,” a concert program geared toward students in grades 1–4. With a program of works found just as frequently on a standard CSO concert for adults, Young People’s Concerts introduce students to the genre in creative ways that complement what they are learning in their classrooms. For instance, the “Bach to the Future” program in March will demonstrate the different eras of orchestral music and how the size and instrumentation of the orchestra has changed over time along Music is the Ticket for Young People with the world around it, while introducing students to music from Bach, Tchaikovsky and Ginastera.

“We work closely with educators in our community to develop concerts that connect to the standards they are teaching in their classrooms. Likewise, we provide teachers with resources to prepare their students for what they’ll be hearing in the concerts. Young People’s Concerts go far beyond a ‘field trip’ experience—they also bring music back into the classroom to enrich everyday learning,” said Ahmad Mayes, CSO Director of Community Engagement and Learning.

Visit cincinnatisymphony.org/youngpeople for more details.

—Meghan Berneking