Young People’s Concerts

What are the Young People’s Concerts?

LSO’s Young People’s Concerts is an annual orchestra program presenting a one-hour concert to nearly 5,000 fourth- and fifth-graders at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska. In many cases, this experience is students’ first opportunity to hear a live symphony orchestra. We work in cooperation with individual schools to provide bus transportation to and from this event and provide lesson plans to for teachers to incorporate into their classroom curriculum.

How Can Our School Attend?

LSO’s 2019-2020 Young People’s Concert “The Composer is Dead” will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:00am at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

In order to attend, review and mail in the following — seats are reserved first-come, first served!

YPC Brochure

Ticket Order Form

Bus Grants Available!

Transportation grants are available via the Nebraska Arts Council’s School Bus Arts Grants program. Applications are due at least four weeks prior to the field trip and are reviewed on a first-received, first-funded basis until all available funds are awarded. Please call the NAC in advance of applying to determine funding status. On average, you will be notified within two weeks of the status of your application.


William Shomos, actor
Edward Polochick, conductor

Author Lemony Snicket, best known for the popular Series of Unfortunate Events, delivers a musical mystery, The Composer is Dead, with music by Nathaniel Stookey. Follow along as the Inspector, actor William Shomos, investigates with members of the orchestra in order to find out whodunnit!


Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with a music curriculum team at Lincoln Public Schools, specially prepares lesson plans that music teachers may use in preparing their students for the Young People’s Concerts. These help prepare students to understand the musical concepts used in the concert such as rhythm, melody, and harmony, and also about the featured composers and the cultural and historical context of their music. 

Lesson Plans