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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 - Click here to reserve your seats!

Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. - SOLD OUT! & 11:00 a.m. - Tickets are $8 each, with one adult free for every 10 paying students

Clayton Center for the Arts - Click here to reserve your seats!

Friday, January 29, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. (only 98 seats remaining) - Tickets are $6 each, with one adult free for every 10 paying students

For more information about the Very Young People's Concerts, please contact the Director of Education & Community Partnerships or call one of the reservation voice mail lines below:

  • Tennessee Theatre Concert: (865) 521-2322
  • Clayton Center for the Arts Concert: (865) 521-2323


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.