Since 1953, the Pasadena Showcase House Youth Concert has introduced nearly 250,000 fourth graders to a classical concert performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2003, the students have had the additional pleasure of attending a performance in Walt Disney Concert Hall. Proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, as well as support from The Green Foundation make this concert possible.
The Pasadena Showcase House Youth Concert, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, is alive with laughter and music each fall as over 4,000 enraptured fourth grade students experience an original orchestral theater production.
For most students, this is the first opportunity to experience the remarkable art and architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall and their first exposure to classical symphonic music in a world-class concert hall.
Designed to weave musical concepts into an appealing storyline, the production of the concert often includes humor and utilizes actors, visual effects and other theatrical devices to keep the students engaged. Letters from the fourth grade attendees attest to the knowledge they have gained and the joyfulness of the experience. Each student is given a program with additional information disguised in games and puzzles. Teachers are provided printed material to supplement the concert, if they wish to expand upon the information presented during the concert.
In previous years, PSHA's Youth Concerts have featured:
- The sights and sounds of Maurice Ravel's enchanted Mother Goose Suite;
- A Los Angeles Philharmonic original program featuring Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique;
- An original production centered around Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals;
- Music of Debussy, especially La Mer, along with images from well-known visual impressionists;
- An original celebration of Bach's birthday featuring his music.