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Sensory-Friendly and Relaxed Family Concerts

The Minnesota Orchestra is committed to increasing access to the symphonic art form by providing concert experiences in an inclusive environment. We offer Sensory-Friendly and Relaxed Family Concerts for audiences 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 music together with family and friends.

Our Sensory-Friendly Concerts feature individual musicians or small ensembles in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall. Relaxed Family Concerts feature the full orchestra in the main auditorium.

Information about accessibility services

 

Upcoming Concerts

About This Concert:

Join us for an inclusive experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, featuring a musician or small ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Artists

Sensory-Friendly Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences 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 in the Target Atrium.
  • 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

Join the Minnesota Orchestra and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre for an exploration of "spooky sounds" from bone-rattling brass to spine-tingling strings 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 audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Like all of our Relaxed Family Concerts, Symphony Spooktacular 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 quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones, and other 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
  • Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor
  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Program

GRIEG
In the Hall of the Mountain King / 3 min

SAINT-SAËNS
Danse Macabre / 7 min

FRANK
Danza del Pueblo from Requiem for a Magical America / 3 min

MUSSORGSKY
Night on Bald Mountain / 6 min

WILLIAMS
Hedwig’s Flight, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / 3 min

CLYNE
Auguries, from Abstractions / 3 min

BACH (arr. Stokowski)
Toccata, from Toccata and Fugue in D minor / 3 min

BERLIOZ
Witches’ Sabbath from Symphonie fantastique / 7 min

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

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.

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.

Artists

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

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

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 audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Like all of our Relaxed Family Concerts, 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 quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones, and other 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

Explore the instruments inside and out with Mason Bates' Philharmonia Fantastique, a new concerto for orchestra accompanied by a film that combines live-action and animation, 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 audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends. Please review our preparatory materials (coming soon) to learn more about quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones, and other options which are available for tailoring the concert experience to fit your family’s preferences.
  • At the Minnesota Orchestra, we recognize that everyone’s sensory preferences and sensitivities are different. Philharmonia Fantastique features a mix of loud and soft music performed with a film that contains flashing, colored animated elements. There are occasionally abrupt changes in the intensity of visual and auditory input. This Relaxed Family Concert may not be suited for those who are especially sensitive to visual input, but others may especially enjoy this type of sensory experience!
  • Individuals who are at risk for seizures and/or are susceptible to migraines or motion sickness may want to explore other options in our Relaxed Family Concert series. If you would like more information when deciding whether the performance will be a good fit for your family, we encourage you to view the Philharmonia Fantastique trailer or contact Ticket Services at 612-371-5656.
  • 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

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR
Danse Nègre from African Suite / 6 min

SIBELIUS
Allegro, ma non tanto, from Violin Concerto / 7 min

BATES
Philharmonia Fantastique / 25 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, host and conductor
  • Catherine Carson, violin

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

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


Sponsor:

PNC