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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Young People's Concerts

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Young People's Concerts

About This Concert:

This education concert is recommended for grades 6-12
A concert that changes lives and may change the course of music, as emerging composers share their most exciting new work with you.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

Accessibility

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

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About This Concert:

This education concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Experience the power and majesty of Gustav Holst’s famous work The Planets.

The Orchestra performs excerpts of each movement exploring unique characteristics, moods and musical elements. More information to be announced.

Fun Facts:

  • British composer Gustav Holst was fascinated by astrology, rather than astronomy, and the seven-part work this inspired, The Planets, has amazed listeners ever since its premiere more than a century ago.
  • Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune: each is represented by a separate movement, and the excerpts the Orchestra performs will show students the musical elements with which Holst conveyed each planet’s specific astrological character.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available   Wheelchair seating available 

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

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About This Concert:

This exploration concert is recommended for grades 1-3
Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature Young People’s Concerto Competition winner Emma Taggart joined by her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists on the magical Carnival of Animals.

Fun Facts:

  • Students will hear all of their favorite animals, including the Swan, the Elephant, Kangaroos, Lions, Birds and Fish.
  • Rounding out the program will be selections from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and other favorite works related to animals.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert.

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available   Wheelchair seating available 

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

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About This Concert:

This exploration concert is recommended for grades 1-3
The beloved children's book The Tin Forest comes to life in this magical concert.

Fun Facts:

  • 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!
  • Rounding out this concert are thrilling Dvořák, Smetana and Florence Price 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—showcasing the talented winner of the 2018 Young People’s Concerto Competition!

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

Curriculum materials will be posted approximately six weeks before the concert.

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available   Wheelchair seating available 

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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Young People’s Concerts and Curriculum are designed for students in grades 3-6 but can be enjoyed by a wide variety of ages. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have any questions.

Connect with the Minnesota Orchestra

Schools: Our education staff offers complimentary student workshops to help prepare your students for the Young People’s Concert. Workshops are typically 30 minutes long and are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Instrument demonstrations are available to students and families registered for a Young People’s Concert. Demonstrations are typically 30 minutes long and are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Curriculum and Interactive Guide to the Orchestra
Concert specific curriculum materials will be available here 6-8 weeks before each concert. Our Interactive Guide to the Orchestra is available year-round.

Tickets / Concert Logistics Contact
Chris Johnson, Manager of Group Sales and VIP Services 612.371.5671 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bus Transportation
After you place your 2018-19 order, you may apply for bus subsidization. (Limited funding available.)

Visit the YPSCA website for more information on the Musical Mentor program.

Accessibility Information
When ordering your tickets, please let us know if you have any students, teachers or volunteers that have special needs or require accessible seating, and we'll be happy to accommodate. More information about Orchestra Hall accessibility.

Young People's Concerts are supported by:

RBC Wealth Management and RBC Foundation – USA
Young People's Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA)