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Young People's Concerts

Turn Orchestra Hall into your own personal classroom.

Young People’s Concerts are interactive and highly engaging musical experiences tailored specifically for teachers, students, and families. Each concert features the full Minnesota Orchestra and explores a specific musical element, composer, time period or theme.

We’ll Help You Prepare

From the moment you secure your tickets through the day of the performance, you’ll have all the tools you need to provide an enriching, productive and low-stress adventure for your students. You'll have access to concert-specific curricula and our free Interactive Guide to the Orchestra to ensure your students get the most out of the trip. Our education staff also offers complimentary in-school workshops upon request to help prepare your students for their Orchestra Hall experience (limited availability).

And we’ll provide ticket, invoice and concert logistic support every step of the way.

Need Transportation Support?

We understand getting your students to Minneapolis can be a big obstacle. Thanks to several generous donors, you may apply for bus subsidization after you place your order (limited funding available) or apply for a Musical Mentor Grant, funded by Young People's Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA).

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Upcoming Young People's Concerts

At a Glance

This is a private event available for schools and homeschooling groups and not open to the public.

You've attended Minnesota Orchestra concerts before, but have you ever wondered what it's like when the musicians are rehearsing together to prepare for the concert? Here's your chance to attend a real working rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra! From 10:00 to 11:30, Music Director Osmo Vänskä will rehearse Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 with the orchestra for that weekend's performances! After the rehearsal, we'll have a Q & A session in the Target Atrium with some orchestra musicians. There is limited seating for the Q & A, so sign up early if you want to stay for the session!

Post-Rehearsal Q & A Session in the Target Atrium

Limited seating for Q & A Session: sign up early if you want to attend the post-concert Q & A.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices availableWheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Additional services are available upon request.

Event details

At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

Music has an amazing way of affecting our mood. And here, the Orchestra reveals many “tricks” composers use to make music sound spooky. In Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, variations in tempo and dynamics create the feeling of being chased by trolls; in Danse macabre, Saint-Saëns makes a xylophone sound like a skeleton rattling. This lively program, which features In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, also includes mysterious or scary music by composers as varied as J.S. Bach, Modest Mussorgsky, Gabriela Lena Frank and John Williams—who is represented by a segment from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Program

GRIEG
In the Hall of the Mountain King / 3 min

SAINT-SAËNS
Danse macabre / 7 min

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

MUSSORGSKY (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Night on Bald Mountain / 7 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 / 4 min

BERLIOZ
Witches' Sabbath, from Symphonie fantastique / 7 min

Artists

  • Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor
  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

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

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a treasure trove of vivid orchestration and imagery, is a brilliant example of how composers use music to tell stories. Students will enjoy seeing how the music’s undulating rhythms, dramatic cymbal crashes and soulful instrumental solos inspire dancers from Black Label Movement to create thrilling new stories onstage. Also programmed are Rimsky-Korsakov’s dazzling Flight of the Bumblebee and new works that will prompt students to reach into their imaginations and create their own stories, based on music they’re hearing for the first time.

Program

KOUYOUMDJIAN
With Heart / 4 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Flight of the Bumblebee / 1 min

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship and The Kalandar Prince, from Scheherazade / 23 min

BACEWICZ
Overture for Orchestra / 6 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Black Label Movement

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

This is a private event available for schools and homeschooling groups and not open to the public.

You've attended Minnesota Orchestra concerts before, but have you ever wondered what it's like when the musicians are rehearsing together to prepare for the concert? Here's your chance to attend a real working rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra! From 10:00 to 11:30, Music Director Osmo Vänskä will rehearse Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 From The New World with the orchestra for that weekend's performances. After the rehearsal, we'll have a Q & A session in the Target Atrium with some orchestra musicians. There is limited seating for the Q & A, so sign up early if you want to stay for the session!

Post-Rehearsal Q & A Session in the Target Atrium

Limited seating for Q & A Session: sign up early if you want to attend the post-concert Q & A.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices availableWheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Additional services are available upon request.

Event details

Program

This concert is recommended for grades 1-3.

Here’s a brand new way to learn about the symphony orchestra: we’ll “fly” through the instruments, even peering inside them, thanks to high-definition video and cutting-edge animation. Guided by a magical sprite, we’ll see violin strings vibrate, brass valves slice the air and drumheads resonate—first separately, and then together, as the orchestra overcomes sectional differences in a spectacular finale that demonstrates “unity from diversity.” Composer and DJ Mason Bates collaborated with a sound designer and an animator to create Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra, which involves an extraordinary film as well as a live orchestra performance. Extra excitement and focus on the violin comes with a solo performance by Catherine Carson, the talented young winner of YPSCA’s 2020 Concerto Competition.

The film to Philharmonia Fantastique contains flashing, colored animated elements, and there are occasionally abrupt changes in the intensity of visual input. Individuals who are at risk for seizures and/or are susceptible to migraines or motion sickness may want to consider attending another Young People’s Concert. If you would like more information when deciding whether the performance will be a good fit for your group, we encourage you to view the Philharmonia Fantastique trailer or contact Minnesota Orchestra Group Sales at 612.371.5671.

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, conductor
  • Catherine Carson, violin

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

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

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

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Additional Resources

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

Homeschools
We also offer complimentary workshops at Orchestra Hall for students and teachers in homeschools and other non-traditional learning environments. Visit Homeschool Workshops to learn more.

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.

Have more questions?
Contact Chris Johnson, Manager of Group Sales and VIP Services, at 612-371-5671 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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