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Family Concerts

Minnesota Orchestra family concerts offer a perfect opportunity to get your family together for a special outing. Enjoy cherished holiday music, go on a musical adventure or learn about music in a fun way.

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Sensory Friendly concerts

At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

What is American music? Learn more about many unique voices and experiences as you explore a diverse array of styles of American music. 

Program TBD

Get ready for the concert or deepen your experience afterward with our concert curriculum and additional activity suggestions (coming soon).

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor

Premiere date to be announced.

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At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 1-6. Premiere date to be announced.

Get to know the families and instruments of the orchestra and how they work together.

Program TBD

Get ready for the concert or deepen your experience afterward with our concert curriculum and additional activity suggestions (coming soon).

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Stephen Mulligan, conductor

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At a Glance

Learn about Czech composer Antonín Dvořák through the eyes of a young boy who discovers the magic behind his music with the help of one of Dvořák’s most famous students, Harry Burleigh, in this Relaxed Family Concert for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities.

  • Our Relaxed Family Concerts take place in an inclusive environment where all audience members are welcome to be who they are.
  • Discovering Dvořák will feature a variety of music—some soft and some loud—because we know that different audience members like different levels of sound. Please review our preparatory materials (coming soon) to learn more about the options which are available for tailoring the concert experience to fit your family's preferences.
  • Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Spanish translation services are available for this concert. Visit the Audience Services desk in the Orchestra Hall lobby for assistance.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Actors to be announced

Program

DVOŘÁK
Slavonic Dance #8-Opus 46
Legends No. 1
Serenade for Winds
Legends No. 2
Serenade for Strings
Humoreske
String Quintet No. 3
Symphony No. 8
Sonatina for Violin & Piano
String Quartet No. 12, American
Symphony No. 9, From the New World
Carnival Overture

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognesOpen Captioning availableBraille Programs availableASL Interpretation availableThis is a Sensory Friendly Concert

Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsor:

PNC

Additional support provided by OneNet Global

Event details

At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 1-6. Premiere date to be announced.

Go on a musical journey to meet animals and experience their habitats!

Program TBD

Get ready for the concert or deepen your experience afterward with our concert curriculum and additional activity suggestions (coming soon).

  • Minnesota Orchestra

Event details

At a Glance

Go on a musical journey to meet animals and experience their habitats in this Relaxed Family Concert for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities.

  • Our Relaxed Family Concerts take place in an inclusive environment where all audience members are welcome to be who they are.
  • Musical Menagerie will feature a variety of music—some soft and some loud—because we know that different audience members like different levels of sound. Please review our preparatory materials (coming soon) to learn more about the options which are available for tailoring the concert experience to fit your family's preferences.
  • Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Spanish translation services are available for this concert. Visit the Audience Services desk in the Orchestra Hall lobby for assistance.

Program TBD

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognesOpen Captioning availableBraille Programs availableASL Interpretation availableThis is a Sensory Friendly Concert

Sponsor:

PNC
Additional support provided by OneNet Global

Event details

At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

Far from staying in an ivory tower, classical composers often take a stand on the issues of their day and thus shape the thoughts and actions of others. Students will learn how Sibelius’ rousing Finlandia was written to protest press censorship, while other composers have reflected on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., stood up for women’s voting rights and memorialized African American soldiers who died fighting for the Union in the Civil War.

We hope that during the year, classes will be inspired to undertake service projects and provide photos of their work. Then, as this program concludes with Stravinsky’s triumphant Firebird, we’ll project images of how they’ve taken action in their communities, just like the composers heard here.

Program

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Fidelio / 6 min

SIBELIUS
Finlandia / 8 min

SMYTH
March of the Women, from Overture to The Boatswain's Mate / 5 min

STILL
In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy / 6 min

ABELS
Dance for Martin's Dream / 8 min

STRAVINSKY
Finale from Firebird Suite (1919) / 4 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available ASL available open captioning available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Event details

At a Glance

Enjoy performances by a musician or small ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra and talented guest musicians from the audience during this concert experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra musicians to be announced
  • Lyndie Walker, host

Did You Know?

  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • 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

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsor

PNC

Event details

At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

Here’s an intriguing question: How do composers put together musical building blocks—tonal and rhythmic patterns, combinations of harmonies, melodies, textures and more—to communicate with audiences?

Students will find answers in the melodies Rossini used to mark separate sections of his high-spirited Barber of Seville Overture, and in Schubert’s way of introducing a melody, then breaking it down and moving it around within the orchestra. Taking Shostakovich as an example, percussionists will demonstrate the recurring patterns and accents, steady beats and bars that make up meter. Finally, students will show their own skills in recognizing all these elements in Chávez's Aztec-themed Sinfonía india.

Program

ROSSINI
Overture to The Barber of Seville / 7 min

SCHUBERT
Allegro moderato, from Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 3 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Allegro, from Symphony No. 10 / 4 min

CHÁVEZ
Sinfonía india / 11 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available ASL available open captioning available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Event details

At a Glance

Enjoy performances by a musician or small ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra and talented guest musicians from the audience during this concert experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra musicians to be announced
  • Lyndie Walker, host

Did You Know?

  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • 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

Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsor

PNC

Event details