About BSO Youth Concerts



2020–2021 Family Concert

Music has the potential to call forth many emotions—including, and perhaps most importantly, those we’re not able to express easily in words. Music doesn’t have to be pretty to be beautiful, it doesn’t have to be solemn or sad to be serious, and it doesn’t have to be joyful to be uplifting. Great music manages to enliven us sometimes despite its “mood.” Somehow its great beauty, along with the awareness that people can create such beauty, is a wonderful gift. Spanning several decades of BSO performances, the works that Thomas Wilkins has chosen from the BSO Archives for this streaming Family Concert demonstrate a wide range of possibilities to illustrate musical triumph.

Lesson plans and other educational materials created for this concert can be found here:

Calming Playlist


Energizing Playlist

Family Concert Program Notes (PDF)

2021 BSO Youth Concert Supplementary Materials

We welcome you to explore the instruments of the orchestra with our Meet the Instruments with the BSO video series. This playlist features nine instruments of the orchestra and will be updated later in the spring with new videos: