Concerts for Kids

Bon Voyage! Join us for a musical journey to Paris at our Concerts for Kids! Concerts for Kids is our educational outreach concert that allows school children throughout central Illinois to experience LIVE classical music.

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra and our two musical tour guides—George Gershwin and the Chevalier de Saint-Georges—invite you to join us for a Parisian adventure! With your passport in hand, we will head across the Atlantic to the jazzy grooves of Gershwin’s American in Paris. Projections guide us as we stroll the streets of the French capital, encountering a street singer, popping into the Paris Ballet to hear a rehearsal, and even joining a street parade on the Champs-Élysées. If we are lucky, the Chevalier may even give us a demonstration of his famed fencing prowess, to the tune of his own music. And for the finale, we won’t just enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris but might even have a small taste. Bon voyage!

Jacobsen Woollen, Conductor 

Gershwin An American ParisPiaf La Vie en Rose – Stravinsky Infernal Dance from The Firebird - Debussy Fêtes from Nocturnes - Chevalier de Saint-Georges Overture from L'amant anonyme

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Tickets:  $7 per person


Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
UIS Performing Arts Center, Springfield, IL


Thursday, April 27, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Ordering Information: Classes should have one chaperone for every 15 students, every 16th ticket is complimentary. Everyone must be included in your total if they want to watch the performance. When placing your order, inform the Ticket Office if anyone in your group needs accessibility services.
Financial Assistance:  If a student or class needs financial assistance, contact Beth Wakefield at (217) 522-2838 Ext. 4 or

Springfield Ordering Information:

  1. Call Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or ONLINE 
  2. After your reservation is processed, you will receive a letter requesting that you confirm the details of the order and submit payment. Reservation confirmation is due three weeks prior to the concert and payment is due two weeks prior to the concert.
  3. When confirmation and payment are received by the Ticket Office, your group will be placed in the best available seats.
  4. A voucher with your seating information will be mailed to you. Please bring the voucher with you to the performance.

Bloomington Ordering Information:

  1. Call the BCPA Ticket Office at (309) 434-2777 to reserve your seats.
  2. After your reservation is processed, you will receive an Order Confirmation with your order information. Please confirm all your information is correct. Your Order Confirmation will include the final count and payment due dates.
  3. Payments may be made in person by cash, check, or credit card*, by phone with a credit card or checks made payable to BCPA may be mailed to BCPA Ticket Office, 600 N East St, Bloomington, IL 61701. A $5.00 Administrative Fee is added to each order. *Visa, MasterCard, or Discover accepted.
  4. Once your payment has been received a confirmation of payment processed will be emailed to the point of contact for the school. Upon your arrival on event day, tell an usher in the main lobby which school your group is from. Ushers will already have the information necessary to escort your group to your seats. 

Lunch space is available for $75. If your class is interested in reserving lunch space, please contact Brian Leach, Rental Manager by email

ALL SALES ARE FINAL. We are not able to give refunds or exchanges. Only if a school officially closes on the day of a planned performance will the venue allow an exchange for another performance within the same season, in Springfield, or for another performance within 12 months, in Bloomington.

Patron Privacy Statement: Please note that when you purchase subscription or individual tickets to attend an Illinois Symphony Orchestra (ISO) or Illinois Chamber Orchestra event through the UIS Ticket Office or the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office (BCPA), UIS or BCPA will share your name, contact information, and seating information with the ISO. This will enable the ISO to contact you directly about information including but not limited to future concerts/events and other organizational efforts, including fundraising solicitation. UIS or BCPA will not share patron payment information such as credit card account numbers. BCPA purchasers will be able to opt out of receiving email if they choose, however the ISO/BCPA may not be able to contact you with updates or changes to performances if you opt out. If you have any questions or concerns about the sharing of this information, please contact the UIS Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 in Springfield or BCPA Ticket Office at (309) 434-2777 in Bloomington.

Support Provided By:

Memorial Health, Illinois Arts Council, An Agency of the State of Illinois, Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal, McLean County Arts Center *, National Endowment for the Arts, Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc., Illinois Prairie Community Foundation - Mirza Arts & Cultural Fund, Pete & Melinda LaBarre, Harvey & Judy Stephens, Sandra & Kenneth Jesse Endowment Fund for Schoolchildren, Susan Cook House Educational Trust

Springfield Venue UIS Performing Arts Center - Springfield

1 University Plz #397, Springfield, IL 62703
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Your Illinois Symphony Orchestra performs Symphony Orchestra and Pops concerts at the UIS Performing Arts Center in Sangamon Auditorium.

Physical Address:
220 Ernest Hemingway Dr | Springfield, IL  62703

Mailing Address:
1 University Plaza, MS PAC 292 | Springfield, IL  62703

UIS Ticket Office Information

Tickets for all Illinois Symphony Orchestra season concerts are sold through the UIS Ticket Office. Tickets may be purchased by in-person, by phone, or online. 

  • In-Person:  UIS Ticket Office is located in the lobby of the Public Affairs Center Building on the UIS Campus.
  • Phone:  (217) 206-6160
  • Online:

UIS Ticket Office Hours
Monday through Friday:  10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Saturday - Sunday:  Closed
Performance Days:  Opens Two Hours Prior to Performance

UIS Performing Arts Center Event Parking

Free parking is NOW available for all events held at UIS Performing Arts Center. Click here to view a map of the parking lots closest to the UIS Performing Arts Center. There will be no premium parking for donors who give $1,000 or more to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra due to UIS offering FREE parking to events held at the UIS Performing Arts Center.

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