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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 3-6
Just how did it happen that early music ensembles—starting with only a handful of string players—grew into today’s grand and mighty body of symphonic musicians?

Fun Facts:

  • This concert lets students both see and hear this amazing development, as one or two musicians at a time come onstage to reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole.
  • Discover the important changes that came with “Papa” Haydn, the “father of the symphony orchestra”; Mozart, who championed the clarinet; and Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the symphonic mix in unique ways.

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.

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance »

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
No doubt about it: music makes us want to move—and music’s rhythm is at the core of our urge to march, swing and sway.

Fun Facts:

  • Strauss’ exuberant Radetzky March is a brilliant example of the way 2/4-time calls us to march, while the swirling Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker shows the very different power of 3/4-time in pulling us toward movement.
  • Additional highlights include the famous rhythmic motif of the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Steve Reich’s unique Clapping Music, performed here by two Minnesota Orchestra percussionists with claves, and the show-stopping Danzon No. 2 by Marquez.

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. Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance »

Accessibility

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

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Complete event details »

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.

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

Accessibility

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

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Complete event details »

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.
  • Students will also discover references to Earth imbedded in this program’s bonus work, Earth (Holst Trope) by Minnesota-based composer Libby Larsen.

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. Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance »

Accessibility

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

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Complete event details »

About This Concert:

This exploration concert is recommended for grades 1-3
Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature YPSCA Concerto Competition winner Emma Taggart and her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists.

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 Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available 

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Complete event details »

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!

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 Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available 

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Complete event details »


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
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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)