Discovery Concerts


The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Community Health Network Discovery Concerts are designed for students in grades 3 - 6. Don’t miss the opportunity for your students to hear the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra perform in the historic Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. For many students, this is the first chance they have to hear a major orchestra perform live.

2020 Discovery Concerts

January 29 | February 4 | February 11 | February 12 | February 28 | March 10
10:15 am & 11:30 am

The Program

Journey Through the Jurassic
Jacob Joyce, conductor
Special guest performers from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Join us as we collaborate with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for our 2019-20 Discovery Concert Series performances of Journey through the Jurassic! We will let the music be our guide as we explore the Mesozoic Era and beyond! This program will feature a Teacher Curriculum Guide that covers specific multi-disciplinary standards, including STEM! 

STRAVINSKY | “The Augurs of Spring (Dance of the Young Girls)” from Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)

WILLIAMS | Main Title from Jurassic Park

STRAUSS | “Something Waltz” from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59

STRAVINSKY | “Infernal Dance of All Kastchei’s Subjects” from L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird)

BACH (orch. STOKOWSKI) - “Passacaglia” from Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582

CLYNE | “Space” from Rift

SILVESTRI |  Main Theme from Back to the Future

"I had a wonderful time attending the ISO Discovery Concert. The rhythm of the different music was lively - exciting like Beethoven and some were mellow - like Swan Lake. I loved hearing all different kinds of music I have never heard before."

- Cole, fifth gradE

preparation materials for teachers



Recordings (Dropbox)


The Teacher Curriculum is a guide to help you prepare your students for a great concert experience. It is connected to the National Music Standards, as well as, some Indiana State Standards. The Student Workbook, called The Score, features written activities and discussion starters for students. 


1. Estimate the number of seats needed and select your date and time concert preference.
2. Complete the online reservation form via the link below. 

Tickets are $8 per student and $9 per adult, and includes comprehensive preparation materials and a teacher workshop. Each group will receive one free teacher/chaperone ticket for every 10 student tickets purchased. 



For more information contact Megan Masterman, Education Program Manager, or Andrea Fjelde, Learning Community Coordinator.

Teacher workshops

Discovery Teacher Workshops will take place from 9:00am - 1:00pm on Monday, October 14, 2019 and Monday, January 20, 2020. These workshops are offered for free each year to teachers with concert reservations.  Click here to learn more!



Looking to have the best day ever?

Make it a full day field trip by visiting The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The Jurassic paleo prep lab is now open! The museum-led Mission Jurassic team uncovered nearly 500 new fossils from the Jurassic Mile dig site this summer weighing in at more than 15 tons! Now you can see some of those colossal fossils being prepped on your next visit to Dinosphere®.
Ready to add a trip to the museum to your field trip? Call their reservations office at 800.820.6214 or 317.334.4000 and let a museum expert help!

Want to make your discovery concert
a cross-curricular experience?

Our Symphony in Color program is utilizing some of the same repertoire selections, so that you and your school's visual art teacher can collaborate! To learn more, visit the Symphony in Color webpage or register here

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Additional Support Provided By:

Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation

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