Twice a year, OSL invites New York City’s public-school students to outstanding classical music performances designed especially for young people. These OSL concerts—which incorporate other arts disciplines, such as dance, puppetry, or visual art—are presented free of charge and reach more than 10,000 children annually. For many, it is their first live concert experience.


Fall 2020: The Legacy of Florence Price

As part of OSL’s re-envisioned Fall season and an effort to keep the arts alive in New York City schools, our Free School Concerts program will be offered virtually during the fall 2020 season. This fall’s Free School Concerts will feature the music of Florence Beatrice Price, the first black female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra. Students will be taken on a virtual journey exploring Price’s life with playwright and performer Kirya Traber. The program will feature works for String Quartet, as well as Price’s beloved vocal music with special guest soprano, Jasmine Muhammad. This concert is programmed in connection with OSL’s Music in Color initiative, dedicated to highlighting the lives and music of composers of color through narrative biographical experiences.

Registration will open in September 2020.

We will miss you and your students at our live in-person Free School Concerts, but we look forward to resuming in-person activity once it is deemed safe.