Orchestra Field Trip for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade

We will be attending the Young People’s Concert this year.  At this spot I will post videos and fun information about the pieces we will be studying and hearing at the orchestra concert.  Below are YouTube links that will send you to some great links to take a listen to some of the orchestra pieces that we will hear and study during the fall for our field trip to the Bob Carr to hear the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

One of the pieces we will be hearing are some small musical pieces that are all based off of poetry by Jack Prelutsky.  The first video link is the great story behind how it all came together with the San Diego symphony.  It introduces you to the composer, Lucas Richman and the author Jack Prelutsky and many of the musicians that created the piece.  Then the links following are the actual recordings from that video of the pieces that we will hear at our concert.

The Story:

Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant:

The Lynx of Chain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVOx4PklyRc

Hatchickens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9ZHSfKewN0

The Tearful Zipperpautamuses:

One of the pieces we will also be hearing is Rossini’s William Tell Overture.  Below is a video for Just Dance that goes along with William Tell Overture.  See if you can do the dance with the song!  Extra credit for anyone who tapes themselves doing some of it and sends it to me! 🙂

Just Dance video:


Another great piece we will be hearing is Harry’s Wondrous World from the Harry Potter Series by John Williams!  I’m sure many of you have seen at least one of the Harry Potter movies if not all of them. The themes that are heard throughout this piece are heard in every single movie at some point so this piece will be very familiar to many.

When Universal Studios opened the world of Harry Potter attraction, John Williams the composer came down and conducted our own Orlando Philharmonic orchestra to open the attraction to the public.  Here is a video of that performance.

One of our next pieces is from the suite for Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev.  It is the piece called the Montagues and Capulets.  Below is a video of a YOUTH symphony from Queensland performing the piece.

Our next piece is from the ballet Sleeping Beauty.  It is the waltz feature which many students will recognize from the Disney movie sleeping beauty.  The theme from the song “Once upon a Dream” is from Tchaikovsky’s original theme.  🙂  This is a video of the russian ballet doing the waltz and at our concert we will see some dancers from the Orlando Ballet performing parts of the dance.

Our operatic piece is from Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  It is about a birdcatcher trying to catch a bird.  There is some really cool puppetry in this video and you will hear the baritone singing the aria and acting out his part.

Next the Orlando Philharmonic will do an edited version of the Overture from A Midsummer Nights Dream.  This video is quite long and shows the entire thing, but it has some really cool close ups of the instrumentalists playing the piece so it will be very cool to watch bits and pieces of it.


Our last piece to look at is from Beethoven’s ninth symphony. This will be the audience participation piece.  The first video is from the Muppets character Beaker.  He does a very fun piece focusing on the main melody of the piece that we will be learning so watch this and get familiar with the melody! 🙂

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