Symphony for Youth

This year, the Symphony for Youth will take place on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Viterbo Fine Arts Center

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The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra offers a unique musical teaching experience through the annual Symphony for Youth concert program. Each year, over 2,500 students from around the area have the opportunity to attend this concert and experience a professional performance of a musical masterpiece. While listening to the music, the students are also learning about the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and about symphonies as a whole. This year, students will also have the exciting opportunity to experience the musical talents of the La Crosse Youth Symphony as they play alongside the professional musicians of the LSO! A big thank you to our major sponsor, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota. This year, the Symphony for Youth will take place on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The concert will feature the finale from the “Classical Symphony” by Prokofiev and “Peter and the Wolf” by Prokofiev.

Prokofiev: finale from the “Classical Symphony”

Sergei Prokofiev finished his “Classical Symphony” in 1917. Considered to be one of the first Neoclassical compositions Prokofiev brought a different sound to the musical world. With influences from Joseph Haydn worked into his own composition, “Classical Symphony” was truly unique. Said to be one of his most popular “Classical Symphony” is truly a classic piece of music.

The Symphony is comprised of four movements Allegro, Larghetto, Non Troppo Allegro, and Finale. Finale will be performed at the Symphony for Youth Concert. This movement has three main themes. The first theme has three variations of a theme based on a D major arpeggio. The second theme has irregular phrase structure and builds tension. The third and final theme features the flute with similar ascending and descending melodies.

Prokofiev: “Peter and the Wolf”

Written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936 “Peter and the Wolf” was written for a children’s theater in Moscow. With its purpose to introduce children to an orchestra it is a perfect piece for our Symphony for Youth Concert. Each character in the story of Peter and the Wolf is represented by an instrument or group of instruments. The theme of the Bird is played by the Flute. The Cat’s theme is played by the Clarinet. The Grandfather’s theme is played by the Bassoon. The theme of the Wolf is played by the French Horn. The Hunter’s theme is played by the Timpani Drums. The theme for Peter is played by the String instruments.

This piece follows the story of Peter and is comprised of three main parts. In the beginning you learn that the story is about a boy named Peter and he lives with his Grandfather. Peter is warned not to go out of their garden because there are wolves around. The middle of the story is about what happens when Peter’s grandfather discovers that Peter went out of the garden. In the end of the story hunters come to see the wolf and you will learn the fate of all the animals.