Discovery Concerts


The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Duke Energy 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

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! 

REMAINING 2019 discovery concert dates

"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

May 28
10:15 am & 11:30 am

The program:

From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond!

Blast off to space with the ISO as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing! ISO Principal Trombone, James Beckel, has written a special piece just for this occasion, and it will be performed along with other “interstellar” works in this space-themed concert! Click here for a sneak peek!

Strauss | Introduction from Also sprach Zarathustra
Adams | Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Debussy | Clair de Lune
Beckel | From Earth to the Moon and Beyond
Mendelssohn | "Scherzo" from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Holst | "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity" from The Planets
Williams | "Main Title" from Star Wars

preparation materials for teachers

Musical Selections


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. 

The cost: $8 per student and $9 per adult, and includes comprehensive preparation materials and a teacher workshop. One FREE teacher/chaperone ticket for every 10 student tickets purchased. 




For more information contact Megan Masterman, Education Program Manager at 317.262.5224.

Teacher workshops

Discovery Teacher Workshops took place from 9:00am - 1:00pm on Friday, October 5, 2018 and Monday, January 21, 2019. These workshops are offered each year to teachers with concert reservations.  Click here to learn more.

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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