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Programs for Children

Young People's Concerts


Monday, March 25, 2024!

Carnival of the Animals

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra with the Sioux Falls Zoo & Aquarium presents Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns! This concert brings animals and music together to inspire us to explore the world and ourselves.

9:30 AM | 11:15 AM |  1:15 PM

Young People’s Concerts are designed for schools, homeschools, and families looking for an outstanding educational and engaging orchestra experience. Concerts are held in the acoustically superb Mary W. Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion in downtown Sioux Falls.

Assistant conductor Thomas Fortner guides students through the music using narration and an introduction to the instruments.  The performances are captured on film by South Dakota Public Broadcasting for later airing. This program is unique in that it is part of the Sioux Falls Public School System’s curriculum. Recommended for grades 3-6.

2024 Registration


Registration for the 2024 Young People's Concert is now open!

Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Email for more details.

Registration Deadline: February 26, 2024.
Registration Deadline for Financial Aid: January 29, 2024.
The cost to attend is $3 per person.


Watch the 2023 Young People’s Concert on SDPB – A SciFi Spectacular!


Watch the 2022 Young People’s Concert on SDPB – featuring the story of ‘Peter and the Wolf’.


Watch the 2021 Young People’s Concert on SDPB – conveniently broken into short movements for more manageable classroom use: