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Introduce your child or student to the magic of instrumental music with these NCS offerings.

For Children and Families: NCS Kids Young People's ConcertsMusic Makers | SympsonInstrument Zoos
For Elementary, Middle and High School Students: Education Concerts | Student Ensembles & Competitions


Feed the curiosity of your young maestro with three hour-long introductions to the world of music. NCS Kids Young People's Concerts are perfect for families and children ages 4-12. Each performance features fun, interactive activities related to the concert's theme, beginning in Meymandi Concert Hall's Swalin Lobby one hour before the concert.

2015/16 NCS Kids Young People's Concert Series

Halloween at Hogwarts
The Music of Harry Potter

Friday, October 30, 2015 | 7pm
Saturday, October 31, 2015 | 1pm & 4pm

David Glover, conductor
Lyn Dillies, illusionist

1pm Concert Sponsor

Calling all Gryffindors, Ravenclaws and even Slytherins! Grab your brooms and fly away with us as the orchestra performs selections from the Harry Potter films, complete with presentations by a professional illusionist. Dress as your favorite wizard, sorcerer or other Hogwarts favorite. Special parking permits required for those arriving by dragon.

Emily Saves the Orchestra
Saturday, January 9, 2016 | 1pm & 4pm

David Glover, conductor
Platypus Theatre

During a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Emily, a spunky 10-year-old, is drawn out of her seat and onto the stage by the strains of the beautiful music, but her bold behavior brings her more than she has bargained for. She soon finds herself face to face with the terrible monster Cacopholous in a battle to save music.

The Composer Is Dead by Nathaniel Stookey with text by Lemony Snicket
Saturday, March 12, 2016 | 1pm & 4pm

David Glover, conductor

Who killed the composer? Did the drums drown him? Was it the sneaky clarinet? Or did the trumpets blow him away? Help solve this perplexing mystery. In the quest to discover who killed the composer, our detective interrogates each section of the orchestra to determine whodunit. Join us as Lemony Snicket’s popular children’s book, The Composer Is Dead, comes to life with music by Nathaniel Stookey!

Series Partner



Marbles Kids Museum and the North Carolina Symphony join forces to put the magic and creativity of music right into your children's hands! Enjoy music-related activities and fun, including an Instrument Zoo for kids to try out orchestral instruments for themselves; a chat with Symphony musicians and staff; a photo op with Sympson, the NCS Kids mascot; a chance to win free tickets to an upcoming NCS Kids concert and more!

Held at the museum on select Saturdays throughout the year. Free with admission to the museum.
 Meet Sympson, the NCS Kids mascot!

He's here to help your kids fall in love with music. Learn more about our favorite bird conductor by visiting Sympson's webpage, where you can read an interview with Sympson, email him questions, learn about his favorite things and more!


The North Carolina Symphony’s popular Instrument Zoos let kids try out orchestra instruments for themselves. Symphony musicians and staff members provide expert tips as kids make their first sounds on violins, trumpets, trombones and more. They are held at every Young People's Concert and at select events and locations around the Triangle all year long.

Instrument Zoos sponsored by:


For more than sixty years, the North Carolina Symphony has provided the state's elementary school students an unforgettable live introduction to orchestral music. Today, this tradition has grown into one of the most extensive music education programs of any U.S. orchestra. The Symphony performs over 40 free education concerts and travels over 12,000 miles per year, reaching students in all corners of North Carolina.
Visit our reservations page to view upcoming education concerts by county or to schedule a free education concert in your area.


Got talent? The North Carolina Symphony can help it grow. As part of its education program, the Symphony offers young instrumentalists the opportunity to meet and perform with some of the finest musicians in the state, both through individual competitions and as part of Symphony-organized ensembles. Offerings include:

Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition
Young Strings of the Triangle
Visit our education programs page to learn about all of the exciting ways North Carolina's students and teachers can engage with instrumental music through their state's premier orchestra.

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