Since the introduction of the Children's Education Concerts in 2000, the Valley Symphony Orchestra has performed classical music concerts for over 200,000 children. The tradition continues as we embark on yet another exciting concert season of thrilling performances and cultural enrichment.


With the assistance of local schools, community leaders, and fine arts administrators, the Valley Symphony Orchestra has proudly engaged children from Brownsville to Roma. School administrators, teachers, private schools, homeschool teachers, and other interested parties are encouraged to contact us early to take advantage of available concert spaces.

The Valley Symphony Orchestra is pleased to invite you and your students to attend the annual Student Education Concerts to be held Friday, January 15 and 22, 2021. Led by Maestro Peter Dabrowski, the orchestra will take students on a silver screen adventure, featuring music rich in energy and excitement from hit-films. There are three separate concerts scheduled daily, each beginning at 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. All performances take place at the McAllen Performing Arts Center and are approximately 40 minutes in length.


Hooray for Hollywood is a tribute to music in film! The orchestra will perform music from the big screen that will keep students engaged and entertained while they experience a symphony concert first-hand and reinforce the lessons explored in the classroom. Imagination will dominate as the music comes to life at the Hooray for Hollywood Education Concerts!

  • Paul Dukas’ famous scoring of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is most commonly remembered through its inclusion in Disney’s Fantasia in which Mickey Mouse takes the role of a young wizard in training who tries to use magic to get out of his chores but discovers that he isn’t ready and is saved from disaster by his teacher! The music brilliantly depicts each action in the original poem and animated short.

  • The suite from The Big Country by Jerome Moross appeared in the film by that same name in 1954. Rich in energy and excitement, the music begins with a soaring theme made for the open plains and canyons that accompanies cowboys and bandits alike as they race through the countryside.

  • The instantly recognizable theme from The Pink Panther was composed by Henry Mancini for the original live-action comedy-mystery films and was adapted for the animated cartoon series, introducing the jazz theme to generations of children.

  • A celebrated composer of many modern-day films, John Williams is best known for his work in Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler’s List, and Indiana Jones. In Raider’s March from the Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark, Williams created themes of bold adventure and heroism that have captivated audiences since its initial release. 


Highlights of the educational concert experience include: 

  • A custom pre-concert guide for students and educators

  • Interactive engagement between the Maestro and the student audience

  • A full 80-person orchestral experience


Enclosed for your review are the registration form and flyer. Tickets are $6 per attendee (students and teachers) and we anticipate that the concerts will book up completely. Be sure to make your reservation by October 30, 2020, to secure your seats. Please feel free to contact us directly if you require assistance at (956) 661-1615, or mayra.reyes@valleyorchestra.org.


We are proud to provide the students of the Rio Grande Valley with a world-class educational and musical experience featuring our incredible orchestra musicians. Spaces are filling fast!


For information about the 2021 Children's Education Concerts, contact Mayra Reyes, Patron Services Coordinator, at mayra.reyes@valleyorchestra.org or call our office at (956) 661-1615.

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to engage and inspire the Rio Grande Valley through live orchestral and ensemble performances,

educational programs and community activities.

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