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Field Trip Opportunities

The Kansas City Symphony offers a number of opportunities for students to visit us in our new home at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Young People’s, KinderKonzert, and Link Up performances are open to elementary school students and Open Dress Rehearsals are ideal for aspiring middle school – college music students. We look forward to welcoming your school group to Helzberg Hall!


Grades 4 - 6

October 14-17, 2014 at 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Lions and Tigers and…Oboes? Oh my! The Kansas City Symphony joins forces with the Kansas City Zoo for eight exciting Young People’s Concerts in October, 2014. These performances, appropriate for grades 4-6, will introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra as well as their favorite animals at the KC Zoo! A giant screen hung above the orchestra will showcase images and videos of these animals while being accompanied by the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, F.J. Haydn, Johannes Brahms and more. Seating is limited…don’t miss these exciting performances!



Grades K - 3

February 17-19 & 24, 2015 at 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Helzberg Hall will experience the elements in this exciting program about all things weather! Join the Kansas City Symphony as we explore the musical side of weather including rain, snow, wind and more! This concert is especially designed for students in grades K-3 and will incorporate elements of the Common Core. Seating  is limited…don’t miss these exciting performances!



Grades 3 - 5
April 21 and 23 & May 12 and 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

By any definition, music moves. Melody, rhythm, and harmony all change, shift, and develop. When an orchestra plays for us, we may notice more than one kind of movement. On the outside, we can hear sounds move as the musicians change their pitches, rhythms, and dynamics. We can see the musicians’ bodies move as they play. On the inside, we may feel our emotions moving and changing in response to the music we hear. Sometimes music might even create a sense of physical movement as sounds become heavier or lighter, rise up or tumble down. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities and a culminating interactive performance with the Kansas City Symphony we will discover how the orchestra moves!

Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music institute, pairs orchestras across the country with students in grades 3-5 to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum.  After studying the curriculum in the classroom, students participating in Link Up attend a culminating concert where they sing and play recorder with the Kansas City Symphony.



Middle School - College

Select Kansas City Symphony Dress rehearsals are open to middle school, high school, and college music students. This program offers a unique look inside the rehearsal of a professional symphony orchestra and includes a brief Q&A with the guest artist, conductor and/or symphony musicians.