Behind the Scenes: 2013-2014 Season 41 Youth Concerts

The Warren Symphony Society and Motor City Symphony Orchestra are committed to bringing the classical music experience to area youth. The vibrancy symphonies provide will only survive long-term if we expose youth to this music and create a lifelong interest.

Join us! See the musical program outlined below. Fill out this 2014 pdf form and return it to us via fax or mail or fill out the form at the end of this article to reserve your students’ seats for our 2013-2014 Season 41 Youth Concerts:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am

Warren Woods Community Auditorium



Youth Concert

2014 Youth Concerts Series

Music Director Gregory Cunningham
The Warren Symphony Orchestra

Behind the Scenes

with the

Warren Symphony Orchestra


The 2014 WSO Youth Concerts will give students an up close and personal opportunity to hear and see each of the instrument families of the orchestra. Demonstrated by the members of the WSO, our youthful audience members will experience excerpts from some of the most notable orchestral music.


WSO Youth Concert Program
Title Composer Section Demonstration
National Anthem, audience sing-along John Stafford Smith (music) Francis Scott Key (words)
Symphony No. 9 (movement 4 excerpt)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Danse Macabre (abridged) Camille Saint-Saens String section
Variations on a Shaker Melody Aaron Copland Woodwind section
Olympic Fanfare John Williams Brass section
Hoedown from Rodeo Aaron Copland Percussion section
Music from the Incredibles
Michael Giacchino


Warren Symphony Orchestra

Who Should Attend our Youth Concerts?

Our concerts are aimed primarily at 4th and 5th grade students, but children of all ages will find them engaging. Home School groups are most welcome. We provide educational materials that help prepare students for a rich, rewarding, entertaining, and inspiring— as well as educational— experience.

See General Information, Activities, and Links below.


This year, we welcome students from…Gregory Cunningham Music Director

  • Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Briarwood Elementary
  • Deerfield Elementary
  • Glengary Elementary
  • St. John Bosco Classical Home School
  • William Beaumont Elementary
  • Woodland Park Academy
  • Warren Consolidated Schools:
    • Angus
    • Black
    • Cromie
    • Fillmore
    • Green Acres
    • Harwood
    • Hatherly
    • Holden
    • Jefferson
    • Lean
    • Siersma
    • Susick
    • Wilde
    • Wilkerson
    • Willow Woods

General Information, Activities, and Links

Information on the story of these works, lesson plans, links to professional orchestras and other general musical websites, as well as puzzles & games and composer biographies can be found below:

Repertoire new

WSO Youth Concert Program Repertoire Focused Activities
Title Composer Activities
Symphony No. 9 (movement 4 excerpt)
Danse Macabre (abridged) Saint-Saens
Variations on a Shaker Melody and
Hoedown from Rodeo
Olympic Fanfare Williams
Music from the Incredibles

**souce: Classics for Kids

Curriculum Benchmarks
Click here for the Michigan Arts Standards that apply to this youth concert performance:

  • Standard 3: All students will analyze, describe, and evaluate works of art.
  • Standard 4: Understand, analyze, and describe the arts in their historical, social, and cultural contexts.
  • Standard 5: Recognize, analyze, and describe connections among the arts; between the arts and other disciplines; between the arts and everyday life.

After the Concert….

Hear the music again new

If you’d like to listen to music of the concert or buy a CD of pieces played at the concert, below are a few suggestions to hear other orchestras perform the same works:

  • Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 9

Christmas 2010 (Beethoven), Rfcm Symphony Orchestra And Choir, Rfcm Symphony Orchestra, 2010

  • Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre

Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux, London Sinfonietta Philharmonia Orchestra, Decca Music Group Limited, 1986

  • Copland’s Variations on a Shaker Melody

American Jubilee, Erich Kunzel (conductor) & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Telarc, 1987

  • Williams’ Olympic Fanfare

By Request…John Williams & The Boston Pops, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Phillips 1987

  • Copland’ Hoedown

Bernstein Century – Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Billy the Kid; Fanfare for the Common Man, Leonard Bernstein (conductor) , New York Philharmonic, Sony Classical Recordings, 1997

  • Williams’ Incredits

The Incredibles, Michael Giacchino, 2006, Walt Disney Recording.

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Kids – enter the Coloring Contest

Coloring Page

2014 WSO Coloring Page

Attention kids – complete the coloring pages for the Warren Symphony 2014 Youth Concert!

Kids who send their completed sheets will be entered into a drawing to win a classical music CD and tickets to a Warren Symphony concert! Send the completed coloring page to:

Warren Symphony Orchestra
4504 East Nine Mile Road
Warren, MI 48091

2013-2014 Season 41 Youth Concerts Reservation Form

Join us! Fill out this 2014 form and hit the submit button to reserve your students’ seats for our 2014 concerts: