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Minnesota Orchestra Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts Feature Local Pianists Emma and Jacob Taggart, March 10


Priced at $12, Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are conducted by Yaniv Segal

The Orchestra performs Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, plus music by Rossini, Gershwin, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky

The Minnesota Orchestra performs two Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts on Sunday, March 10, under the direction of guest conductor Yaniv Segal. The one-hour-long concerts begin at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and are centered around Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, a masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra. The piano soloists are 16-year-old Emma Taggart—winner of the Young People’s Concerto Competition—and her 12-year-old brother Jacob Taggart. The Orchestra will also be joined by St. Paul-based writer and performer Shane Hawley, who will share original poetry inspired by Carnival of the Animals, as well as dancers from Minnesota Dance Theatre for Gershwin’s Promenade and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Additional musical selections include Rossini’s William Tell Overture and movements from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

This program is a Sensory-Friendly Family Concert, which features a relaxed and inclusive experience for people of all ages and abilities. American Sign Language interpreter Maria Dively will translate at both performances.

The Minnesota Orchestra concerts are performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with all tickets priced at $12. More information is available at and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Yaniv Segal, conductor
Yaniv Segal has appeared on stages around the world as an actor, singer, violinist, violist and conductor. The 2018-19 season marks the beginning of his role as acting assistant conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Recent seasons included a European tour with the I, CULTURE Orchestra as the assistant to Andrey Boreyko, return engagements with the Toledo Symphony and Orlando Philharmonic, and a special appearance as the narrator in Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with the Naples Philharmonic. In 2005 he created the Chelsea Symphony to provide performance and professional development opportunities for young instrumentalists, composers and conductors. The Chelsea Symphony has performed dozens of world premieres alongside standard repertoire and can be frequently seen on the Amazon Prime series Mozart in the Jungle. From 2014-17, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and Director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Naples, Florida. More:

Emma Taggart, piano
Sixteen-year-old pianist Emma Taggart recently won first place in the LaCrosse Symphony Concerto competition and first place in the Young People’s Concerto Competition, which led to her May 2019 engagement performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra. She has received many awards from prestigious competitions in both the U.S. and Europe, and she has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Minnesota Varsity and National Public Radio’s From the Top. She has performed with many orchestras, including the Milan Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Dakota Valley Orchestra, Minnetonka Orchestra, Golden Valley Orchestra and La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared in concert with rock legends Sheila E. and the Goo Goo Dolls. Most recently she was named the 2018-19 featured artist of the Nicholson Brothers’ Classical Music Series at the Hanifl Center for the Performing Arts. More:

Jacob Taggart, piano
Twelve-year-old Jacob Taggart performs both as a solo artist and as a member of the piano duo Taggart Squared, along with his sister Emma. They have twice been featured on National Public Radio’s From The Top. Taggart Squared won first place in the United States International Duo Piano Competition and was also named Grand Prix winner of the St. Petersburg, Russia, Grand Piano in Palace International Festival and Competition. Jacob has also recently won first place in the Great Composers Competition and the Thursday Musical competition, and he was co-winner of the Golden Valley Orchestra concerto competition. He won the pre-teen division of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Competition at the age of seven and that same year made his solo and orchestral debut at the Accademia Tadini International Music Festival playing with the Milan Chamber Orchestra. More:

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Yaniv Segal, conductor
Shane Hawley, poet and host
Emma Taggart, piano
Jacob Taggart, piano
Minnesota Dance Theatre, dance ensemble
Maria Dively, American Sign Language interpreter

ROSSINI                            Finale, from William Tell Overture
GERSHWIN                       Promenade, from Shall We Dance
MUSSORGSKY                Bydlo and Ballet of Chicks in Their Shells, from Pictures at an Exhibition
TCHAIKOVSKY               Dance of the Little Swans, from Swan Lake
SAINT-SAËNS                  Carnival of the Animals

Tickets: $12


Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2018-19 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.






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