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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Sensory-Friendly Concerts

The Minnesota Orchestra is committed to increasing access to the symphonic art form by providing full orchestra and small ensemble experiences in an inclusive environment. Our Sensory-Friendly Concerts are designed for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy beautiful music together with family and friends.

Our small ensemble concerts take place in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall; full orchestra concerts are held in the main auditorium.

Information about accessibility services

About This Concert:

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra Concertmaster Erin Keefe, first violinist Sarah Grimes, Principal Viola Rebecca Albers, Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe and Acting Associate Principal Bass Kathryn Nettleman. Also on the program—talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert). Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

     Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly program Sensory Friendly program Sensory Friendly program

Other access services are available upon request.

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About This Concert:

Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature YPSCA School Music Auditions winner Emma Taggart joined by her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists on the magical Carnival of Animals.

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • Audiences will hear all of their favorite animals, including the Swan, the Elephant, Kangaroos, Lions, Birds and Fish.
  • Rounding out the program will be the exciting Overture to William Tell and three additional pieces inspired by animals.
  • Participate in lobby activities (11:45am-12:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm), including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in collaborative art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials!

 

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly programSensory Friendly program

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About This Concert:

The beloved children's book The Tin Forest comes to life in this magical concert.

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • Composer Steve Heitzeg often uses “found objects” as instruments in his works, and his music is filled with surprises. This will delight students who hear The Tin Forest, a musical retelling of Helen Ward’s beloved children’s book, in which an ugly junkyard magically grows into a beautiful forest.
  • Rounding out this concert are thrilling Dvořák and Smetana selections performed by the Orchestra, plus a star turn by pianist Emma Taggart, age 16, who performs the dramatic third movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto—showing the talent that won her the 2018 Young People’s Concerto Competition!
  • Participate in lobby activities (11:45am-12:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm), including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in collaborative art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials!

 

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly programSensory Friendly program

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Steve Heitzeg’s The Tin Forest was originally commissioned by FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra as a chamber work for Kinder Konzerts; the Minnesota Orchestra subsequently commissioned a full orchestra version of the work.

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About This Concert:

From Latin grooves to swingin’ sounds and floating waltzes, this program is sure to make you feel the rhythm!

BARROSO/arr. Wasson
Brasil

REICH
Hand Clapping Music for Claves

TCHAIKOVSKY
Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker

ELLINGTON/arr. Strayhorn
The Floreadores, from The Swingin’ Nutcracker

SIBELIUS
Dance Intermezzo No. 2

COPLAND
Hoedown, from Rodeo

COPLAND
Simple Gifts, from Appalachian Spring

MENKEN
Under the Sea, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • Steve Reich was a pioneer of minimalist music composition, and was among the first to use tape loops, human breath and hand clapping to create styles known as “pulse” and “phase” music.
  • Under the Sea was written by Alan Menken for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It was Menken’s first score for Disney, and it won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1989.
  • The traditional Shaker hymn Simple Gifts was made famous after its use in Aaron Copland's popular ballet Appalachian Spring. Weezer, REM, Judy Collins and Jewel have recorded versions of it, and John Williams’ Air and Simple Gifts arrangement was performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2009.
  • Come early for pre-concert activities (12:45-1:45pm), including opportunities to try ‭orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in collaborative art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra may photograph or film portions of this experience for promotional and archival purposes. Please note that by entering, you consent to be photographed or filmed for these uses.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials!

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly programSensory Friendly program

Complete event details »