Young People's Concerts

Berton Family Young People's Concerts: Season 2016-2017

Schools are invited to attend these 50-minute field trip concerts at the Jacobs Music Center designed to introduce schoolchildren to the world of classical music. Tickets are only $5 per person!


YPC 1: "Play Me a Story: The Firebird"

Sameer Patel, conductor
Presented in collaboration with San Diego Ballet
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 11:30am only (The 10am concert is SOLD OUT.)
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 11:30am only (The 10am concert is SOLD OUT.)

Character. Setting. Plot. Conflict. The elements of a story can be expressed through music in ways beyond what mere words can. From fairy-tales to scary tales, you’ll hear the San Diego Symphony play famous works that depict your favorite stories.

(Download our Concert Guide here.)



YPC 2: "America, America!"

Sameer Patel, conductor
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 11:30am only (The concert at 10:00 a.m. is SOLD OUT.)
Friday, February 24, 2017: both concerts are SOLD OUT at this time.

From sea to shining sea—we’ll celebrate the evolution of American music from its earliest roots in folk tunes to jazz to the modern symphony orchestra.

(Download our Concert Guide here.)

If you’d like to be put on a waiting list for any of the sold out performances, please email Adrienne Valencia, Director of Youth Education, at with the total number of seats and your preferred date and time. She will contact groups as seats become available.

POWER POINT PDF (System will need to be able to play mp3's)


Questions about Berton Family Young People's Concerts?

Contact Adrienne Valencia
Director of Youth Education
Phone: 619.615.3911

Also, check our Berton Family Young Peoples Concerts Frequently Asked Questions!

Advocates for Classical Music

Advocates for Classical Music is a non-profit organization that was established in 1996 to build future audiences for classical music. These dedicated volunteers provide presentations to school children who attend the San Diego Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts. Docent programs are available by contacting Aveline von Ehrenberg, Education Vice-President with the Advocates for Classical Music, at

Ticket underwriting is provided by the following organizations, companies and foundations:
Advocates for Classical Music, Fidelity Investments, County Employees' Charitable Organization, Leichtag Family Foundation, Ryde Family Memorial Fund and The Tippett Foundation.
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Docent Visits

Advocates for Classical Music (AFCM) offer docent visits at your school site approximately two weeks before your concert date. These 30-45  minute presentations are fun and informative, extending the educational value of the Young People's Concert. Typical visits include one or two volunteers who will introduce your students to the instrumental families of the orchestra, engage them in fun listening activities using the music you’ll hear on the concert and discuss concert manners. Docents also provide teachers with a recording of the music and a curriculum guide for additional instruction. Docent visits are offered free of charge to all schools attending the YPCs. To request a docent for your class, check the appropriate box on the YPC reservation form or email AFCM's Vice President of Education, Aveline von Ehrenberg at

Transportation to Concerts

San Diego Symphony currently has a fund to help Title 1 schools in San Diego County with transportation to our Young People's Concerts.  If your school needs this assistance, let us know by checking the appropriate box on the reservation form. Please note: Because the Symphony wants to assist as many schools as possible with limited funds, our policy is to help either with the cost of transportation or the cost of tickets. Funding is given on a first come, first served basis.