Colors of the Symphony

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All third grade students from Wayne, Union, Randolph, Henry, Jay, Rush, Franklin and Fayette Counties in Indiana and Darke, Preble and Butler Counties in Ohio are invited to attend a free one-hour symphony concert in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center. Before the concert, teachers are encouraged to use the educational materials provided below to prepare their students for the concert. The children learn about all sections of the orchestra and how they fit together to perform as a group.

The orchestra performs excerpts from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Copland’s Rodeo, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, among others. The highlight of the concert is when a few children have the opportunity to conduct the orchestra.

In recent years, this very popular concert (repeated twice in one morning) has seen audience attendance near 1,800. With limited seating, plan to notify the office in the spring of your intent to attend.

Colors of the Symphony is proudly sponsored by the Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation

The Color of the Symphony (2018)

Educational Materials


All of the educational materials mailed to you in previous years (and more!) are now available right here! Just click the tabs to the left to find musical excerpts that will be played at the concert, as well as a teaching guide and activities to do with your classes.

Musical Excerpts

Aaron Copland: Hoe-Down from Rodeo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4, III – Allegro giocoso

Richard Wagner: Overture to Rienzi

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, I – Allegro con brio

Educational Links

Colors of the Symphony Teacher Guide 2016— Includes the concert program, descriptions of the instruments of a symphony, and short biographies of the composers.

Instrument Matching— Match the instruments to their descriptions
Instrument Matching Answers

Post Concert Evaluation

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