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Children's Concerts

Each February since 1999 the Indian River Symphonic Association, together with the Community Church of Vero Beach, has presented Children’s Concerts for all fifth graders in Indian River County. Students at all public and private schools are invited, as well as home-schooled students. In 2015, attendance was over 1400, including about 100 teachers from the schools. For the past several years, two concerts have been given back to back to accommodate the large audience.

In advance of the concerts, each teacher receives a packet of lesson plans which meet the Florida teaching standards, including information about the orchestra and its conductor, soloists, instruments, composers, and the music featured in the program. On the day of the concert, children are bussed to the church to hear the full Brevard Symphony Orchestra perform an hour-long program, under the direction of Maestro Christopher Confessore. The program is designed to be interactive as well as educational, and the students actively participate in the event. Many have never heard a live orchestra and are amazed at the sound of so many instruments playing together.

The costs of the concerts and transportation to and from the church are supported by generous donations from supporters of the Indian River Symphonic Association who recognize that early exposure to a live orchestral performance can inspire interest in such music, as well as an appreciation of the musicians who dedicate their lives to sharing their talents with audiences.

For more information about the concerts, call the office at 772-778-1070, or email info@IRSymphonic.org with your contact information and someone will respond.

Students in photos at right are Marie Camacho (Citrus Elementary), Luke Roche (St. Helen’s Academy), Felipe Santos (Glendale Elementary), Travis Welsh (Highlands Elementary), Jasmine Murray (Vero Beach Elementary), and Ansley Cortez (Fellsmere Elementary)

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2018 Concerts

Friday, January 12, 2018
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London

Friday, January 26, 2018
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden

Friday, February 2, 2018
Brevard Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra, Germany

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Brevard Symphony Orchestra

Friday, March 23, 2018
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Brevard Symphony Orchestra