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AGES 4 -8

Explore the different families of orchestral instruments while introducing children to live symphonic music through fun and interactive programs with PSO musicians. The concerts are 35-40 minutes in length and take place at various locations throughout the state and are performed more than 50 times per season in communities across Maine. (ages 4-8)

To host a program in Portland, Maine or for more information contact jelliott (at) or call (207) 773-6128 ext 308.

Watch our Online Insight Video below: What is a KinderKonzert? (2:50)

Brunswick High School

Woodwinds: Oct. 24th at 9:30am and 10:30am
Brass: Nov. 13th at 9:30am and 10:30am
Strings: Feb. 8th at 9:30am and 10:30am
Percussion:May 30th at 9:30am and 10:30am


Boothbay Opera House 

Strings: Jan. 9th, 2018 at 9:30am and 10:30am – FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Biddeford Performing Arts Center



Lewiston, Olin Center for the Arts at Bates College

May 15th at 9:30am and 10:30am



Woodwind KinderKonzerts: What is an Orchestra and What Does it Do?

The musicians of the PSO are terrific at what they do, but how do they make it look so easy? This show will feature five woodwind musicians from the PSO sharing with students everything that goes into making a performance great: focus, practice, perseverance, and above all, teamwork!

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All Woodwind KinderKonzerts



String KinderKonzerts: Beethoven: Inventor, Rebel, Storyteller

By breaking down this famous composer’s music into easy-to-understand patterns and excerpts, this performance reveals the simplicity and cleverness that make Beethoven’s works great. Students will learn core concepts of music  including rhythm, melody, and harmony.

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All String KinderKonzert


Brass KinderKonzerts: The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen.

Get to know the instruments of the brass family as they tell the story of The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen. Students will learn how music from around the world has made its way to Maine, just like all of the animals in Van Dusen’s story. This program will also show how each of the brass instruments plays a unique role in the group and the importance of  working as a team.

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All Brass KinderKonzerts

Percussion KinderKonzerts: Musical Building Blocks: Metal, Skin and Wood in the Percussion Family

Percussionist are unique in that they can make music with just about any object you can imagine, from brake drums off of old cars to a delicate and sophisticated wooden marimba. Students will learn about the wide range of instruments in the percussion family.
Click here to download the Teachers Guide!All Percussion KinderKonzert


  • AT THE CONCERT: You do not need tickets for the concert — your group will be identified by the group name that you provided. For performances at Merrill Auditorium, seats will be assigned by Portland City staff. All seating requests will be considered but not guaranteed, depending upon ADA-accessible seating needs and group sizes.
  • PAYMENT POLICY: Please note that the PSO has a strict 30-day payment policy for tickets. Payment must be received at least 30 days before the performance, otherwise the reserved tickets may be released to the public. If your group requires more time to process a payment, please contact the PSO immediately.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: All changes or cancellations to a reservation must be made at least 30 days before the performance. Any changes or cancellations received less than 30 days before the performance will not be refunded.
  • CANCELLATION DUE TO WEATHER: In the event that a performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, attendees will be notified as quickly as possible and all tickets and ticket fees will be refunded. Should your school district declare a cancellation or late start that prohibits a group from attending a PSO Youth Concert, contact the PSO immediately. A refund for your order including ticket fees will be processed within 10 business days.
    Please note: The PSO typically only cancels performances when the host venue has cancelled or delayed school.



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Thank you to our Season sponsor the Maine Arts Commission, POPS! Series Sponsor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Official Hotel, Holiday Inn by the Bay, and Education Partner, IDEXX.
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