Teacher Materials

2021-2022 Symphony Concerts in the Schools

Elementary Concert: “The Orchestra at the Theatre”

I’VE HEARD THAT BEFORE! Did you know that some of the most famous classical music written for the Orchestra comes from other art forms? Join the Utah Symphony as we explore famous tunes from opera, theater, ballet, musical theater and film. We will discuss the importance of the orchestra to these other art forms and how certain music elements (timbre, tempo, dynamics, and instrumentation) help to tell the various stories. We promise that your students will love watching these iconic pieces come to life.

Here is the concert program; click on the names of the composers to access a brief biography:

Concert Program

WAGNER: Ride of the Valkyries
OFFENBACH: “Can-Can” Excerpt from Overture to Orphee aux Enfers
GRIEG: “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt
TCHAIKOVSKY: “Scene” from Swan Lake
STRAVINSKY: “The Shrovetide Fair” from Petrushka
RODGERS/HAMMERSTEIN: Selections from “The Sound of Music”
WILLIAMS: “Hedwig’s Theme” from Harry Potter

Corresponding Teacher Materials

Learn more about the elements of music through musical excerpts from the concert program in this 25-minute PowerPoint Presentation. It is designed to be “hands-free” in that as soon as you begin the presentation, it should be narrated and advance itself. Sit back and learn with your students!

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