Young People’s Concert

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Maestro Sener hands off his baton to a student conductor for The Stars & Stripes Forever.

One of the most important missions of the New Britain Symphony is provide music related education and enrichment activities for the Greater New Britain community. The NBSO’s Young People’s Concert is a unique, annual event specifically for fifth grade students from the towns of New Britain, Plainville, and Berlin and their teachers.

On April 4, 2018, approximately 1,800 students will be in the audience at Welte Hall on the campus of Central Connecticut State University to hear the hour-long concert. For the students, the Young People’s Concert provides the opportunity to hear music performed by a live symphony orchestra of professional musicians.


2016 Cover image by: Jacky Li, Grade 5, Jefferson School

The classroom and music teachers prepare the students in advance for the concert with the assistance of an educational booklet prepared by the NBSO. The booklet contains information about the composers and the music and suggests some preparatory activities.In advance of the concert, there is also an essay contest and a poster contest.  The winners are announced at the concert and presented with their awards on stage.  Also featured at the concert is the selection of one student from the audience who conducts the orchestra with the help of the conductor.

This year’s concert features NBSO Music Director Ertan Seyyar Sener as conductor and includes works by American composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copeland, and John Williams.

The NBSO gratefully acknowledges the support of the following funders of the Young People’s Concert: the American Savings Foundation; Elizabeth Carse Foundation; Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, with the New Britain Arts Commission; Benjamin Hawley/The New Britain Day Nursery Fund; The New Britain Lions Club; The Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation; Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation and the Robert C. Vance Foundation.