The stars have aligned for the Monterey Symphony’s “Ovation” season to be the biggest in years in many ways, including delivering free Youth Concerts to 9,000 students – a 58% increase in Youth Concert capacity from the previous year.
“At the Monterey Symphony it is our responsibility and privilege to make sure the highest quality performances of orchestral music are available to everyone,” said Caitlin Fillmore, Development and Education Manager for the Monterey Symphony. “We are happily taking on the challenge of sharing this music with 9,000 local students this year in Carmel and Salinas, almost double the audience we had in the 2017-2018 school year.”
Youth Concerts provide essential exposure to classical music and cultural experiences, and serve as one local effort to invest in the potential of our students as they become well-rounded citizens, capable of greater self-expression and who appreciate the beauty of our world.
Youth Concerts are 45-minute excerpts of Monterey Symphony regular season performances, performed with full orchestra for thousands of local students, free of charge. To prepare students for the concert, and to partner with local school districts, supplemental education packets and interactive school visits from Symphony staff are also offered to teach concert etiquette and instrument families, and to introduce the repertoire for the upcoming concert.
Seats for almost every Youth Concert are still available. Educational institutions of all kinds serving youth in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties are encouraged to sign-up to attend a Monterey Symphony Youth Concert. Contact the Monterey Symphony at 831-645-1120 or firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Youth Concert audience.
2019-2020 Youth Concert Dates:
- Monday, October 21, 2019, Sherwood Hall in Salinas, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
- Monday, March 16, 2020, Sunset Center in Carmel, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
- Monday, April 20, 2020, Sunset Center in Carmel, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
- Monday, May 18, 2020, Sherwood Hall in Salinas, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
About the Monterey Symphony
The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.
The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for students.
The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, and many others.