Young People's Concerts

Berton Family Young People's Concerts: Season 2017-2018

“Thank you so much for helping to amaze and enthrall our 4th graders! Your performance captivated them and kept them engaged from start to finish!” - 4th grade teacher, Foussat Elementary

San Diego Symphony offers a creative learning opportunity in a concert format especially for elementary and middle school students as a fieldtrip experience! Teachers and students are invited to attend these 50-minute concerts at the Jacobs Music Center designed to introduce schoolchildren to the world of classical music. Tickets are only $5 per person! Most appropriate for students in grades 2-8.


1001 SYMPHONIC TALES: The Magic of Scheherazade
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. only

(The 10:00 a.m. concert is FULL.)
Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m.

Sameer Patel, conductor
Every story is better with music! Come dive into the wonder of Rimsky-Korsakov’s adventure-filled masterpiece Scheherazade and discover how a composer can conjure exotic worlds using just a few magical musical seeds.

(Download our Concert Guide for parents and teachers!)



BEAT QUEST! A Musical Journey through Rhythm, Time and Place
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m.

Sameer Patel, conductor

Music is a passport that can take our imagination to a certain time and place. From swingin’ jazz, to the "Habanera" from Carmen, to Beethoven’s symphonies, we’ll explore how these beats came to be, and how distinctive rhythms transport us to cities like Vienna, Seville and New Orleans. All aboard!

(Download our Concert Guide soon!)

CLICK HERE to sign up online (you’ll receive an automated confirmation).
Hurry! Some concerts sell out quickly.

POWER POINT PDF (System will need to be able to play mp3's)


Questions about Berton Family Young People's Concerts?

Contact 619.615.3911

Also, check our Berton Family Young Peoples Concerts Frequently Asked Questions!

Advocates for Classical Music

Advocates for Classical Music is a non-profit organization that was established in 1996 to build future audiences for classical music. These dedicated volunteers provide presentations to school children who attend the San Diego Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts. Docent programs are available by contacting Aveline von Ehrenberg, Education Vice-President with the Advocates for Classical Music, at

Ticket underwriting is provided by the following organizations, companies and foundations:
Advocates for Classical Music, Fidelity Investments, County Employees' Charitable Organization, Leichtag Family Foundation, Ryde Family Memorial Fund and The Tippett Foundation.
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Docent Visits

Advocates for Classical Music (AFCM) offer docent visits at your school site approximately two weeks before your concert date. These 30-45  minute presentations are fun and informative, extending the educational value of the Young People's Concert. Typical visits include one or two volunteers who will introduce your students to the instrumental families of the orchestra, engage them in fun listening activities using the music you’ll hear on the concert and discuss concert manners. Docents also provide teachers with a recording of the music and a curriculum guide for additional instruction. Docent visits are offered free of charge to all schools attending the YPCs. To request a docent for your class, check the appropriate box on the YPC reservation form or email AFCM's Vice President of Education, Aveline von Ehrenberg at

Transportation to Concerts

San Diego Symphony currently has a fund to help Title 1 schools in San Diego County with transportation to our Young People's Concerts.  If your school needs this assistance, let us know by checking the appropriate box on the reservation form. Please note: Because the Symphony wants to assist as many schools as possible with limited funds, our policy is to help either with the cost of transportation or the cost of tickets. Funding is given on a first come, first served basis.