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Young People's Concerts

Young People’s Concerts are for school groups and families looking for an outstanding music education experience that is both engaging and interactive. Each concert focuses on a specific musical element, composer, time period or theme.

Want more than one concert? Please order one concert per cart transaction so we may track school and grade level information for each order separately.

Upcoming Young People's Concerts

About This Concert:

This concert is recommended for all grade levels
John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars film music communicates drama on a grand scale—ever wonder how? This concert will look at the ways in which Williams uses techniques found in classical music to tell his own musical stories.

Fun Facts:

  • Years before becoming a well-known name in Hollywood, John Williams served in the U.S. Air Force, where he conducted and arranged music for the U.S. Air Force Band.
  • With each new Star Wars film, Williams expanded on the musical universe he created for the series, adding new themes and expanding on previous material. For example, the famous Darth Vader theme, the Imperial March, did not appear until the second Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back, even though Darth Vader was introduced in the first movie.
  • Some of the earliest and most prominent film composers were actually classical and symphonic composers commissioned by Hollywood to create movie scores.
  • The connection between music and the cinema extends as far back as the silent film era of the 1890s to 1920s, when movies would often be accompanied by a live improvising pianist or a small ensemble playing classical pieces.

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.

Download Curriculum (PDF)

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available   Wheelchair seating available Service dogs welcome Please refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

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About This Concert:

This concert is recommended for grades 9-12
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the craft of music-making in this concert that features the work of emerging composers.

Fun Facts:

  • This event is part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented each season by the Minnesota Orchestra and the American Composers Forum.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts directs the program, which provides young composers from across the nation with the opportunity to participate in a week-long immersive experience with a major symphony orchestra.
  • You’ll get a chance to hear first-hand from each of the composers about their pieces during this concert.

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 Service dogs welcome Please refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Complete event details

About This Concert:

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Students will discover the difference between Mussorgsky’s original piano version of Pictures and the creative approaches Ravel took when preparing the orchestral version we’re familiar with today.

Fun Facts:

  • Modest Mussorgsky was a member of “The Mighty Handful,” a group of five Russian composers who worked together from 1856 to 1870 to establish a unified Russian style of classical music.
  • Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was originally a solo piano composition and was composed in a lightning-fast three weeks.
  • Contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery is a New York City native who started her journey in music as a child, playing piano with her parents’ band. Now she’s an accomplished violinist and composer.

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 Service dogs welcome Please refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Complete event details

About This Concert:

This concert is recommended for grades 1-3
This buoyant program will build a bridge for students from familiar tunes to music that highlights one rich musical culture after another, such as Norwegian composer Grieg’s Morning Mood, Aleppo Songs by Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, Romanian dances by Bartók, Chinese and Mexican folksongs and more.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Conductor, Yue Bao

Fun Facts:

  • Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom says an open mind is always the best way to confront a new piece of music, like walking through a museum with lots of different kinds of art from many different artists.
  • For many classical music giants—like Antonín Dvořák, Frédéric Chopin and Aaron Copland—folk music from their childhood is at the very heart of their work as composers.

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 Service dogs welcome Please refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Complete event details

About This Concert:

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6
Multi-talented Minnesota Orchestra trumpet player Charles Lazarus introduces young listeners to jazz, one of America’s great musical traditions, and shows the many connections between classical music and jazz.

Fun Facts:

  • After growing up and beginning his career in Washington D.C., Duke Ellington moved to New York City, became an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance and went on to pen some of the most well-known jazz standards ever written.
  • George Gershwin was as dynamic an American composer as you can find, seeing success as a composer of jazz music, orchestral scores, Broadways productions and even film music.

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 Service dogs welcome Please refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Complete event details


Connect with the Minnesota Orchestra

Schools
Our education staff offers complimentary in-school workshops to help prepare your students for our Young People’s Concerts.  Workshops are typically 30 minutes long, available on a first-come, first-served basis, and take place at your school at an agreed-upon date prior to the concert.  Once you’ve signed up for concert tickets, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to register for an in-school workshop.

Homeschools
Visit Homeschool Workshops to learn more and register for our workshops designed for homeschooling educators and students. These workshops take place at Orchestra Hall approximately a month before each concert.

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 2019-20 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:


Young People's Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA)