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Very Young People's Concerts

Let's tell a story!

  • Created for students in pre-school through second grade
  • Explores how music can tell a story, with help from animated character, Picardy Penguin
  • Demonstrates how music can emphasize story elements or help define characters
  • Audience participation: singing the concert theme song Music Can Make Your Life Complete
  • Two pieces, The Birthday Present and Playground Escapades, explore the development of story line and plot
  • Highlight: Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Picardy Penguin and intrepreted by Go Contemporary Dance Works (note: this work is in the curriculum for many first and second graders)
  • Other repertoire: Blow the Man Down (Traditional Sea Shanty), Flight of the Bumblebee (Rimsky-Korsakov), Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)


Two Opportunities to See this show:

Tennessee Theatre -  Limited seating available at 9:30 AM.  Seats still available at 11:00 a.m..  Groups of 10 or more please call 865-521-2325 to reserve seats.  All other groups may purchase tickets at the door the day of the concert!

Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.(100 seats remain) & 11:00 a.m. - Seats Still Available! Tickets are $8 each, with one adult free for every 10 paying students

Clayton Center for the Arts - Limited seating available at 9:30 AM.  Groups of 10 or more please call 865-521-2325 to check availability. Small groups may purchase tickets at the door the day of the concert!

Friday, January 29, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. (30 seats remain) 

For more information about the Very Young People's Concerts, please contact the Director of Education & Community Partnerships or call 865-521-2325.


Resources to DOWNLOAD

Let's Tell A Story Teacher's Guide 

The Story of Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf Matching

Knox County Risk Assessment Form



Very Young People’s Concerts are eligible for the Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) Program: Student Ticket Subsidy funds artist fees, tickets and transportation consts for students from Tennessee Public schools.  Students will experience a broad variety of cultural opportunities, arts disciplines and artists during field trips or with in-school teaching artists. For more information, visit the Tennessee Arts Commission website.

  • Schools can request up to $3,000
  • Awarded per capita and by demand on a first-com, first-served basis

Please note that the eGrant application for Student Ticket Subsidy opens August 4, 9:00 a.m. Grants from this fund are usually depleted within a few days of the submission date.

STS Information for Schools 
Knox County STS info



The Very Young People's Concerts are presented with support from the Lura-Lee G. and William E. Lange Foundation.