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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Sensory-Friendly Concerts

The Minnesota Orchestra is committed to increasing access to the symphonic art form by providing full orchestra and small ensemble experiences in an inclusive environment. Our Sensory-Friendly Concerts are designed for patrons 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 beautiful music together with family and friends.

Our small ensemble concerts take place in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall; full orchestra concerts are held in the main auditorium.

Information about accessibility services | Sensory-Friendly concerts tip sheet

About This Concert:

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinists Joanne Opgenorth and Helen Chang Haertzen, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons 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.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials. 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.

Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

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About This Concert:

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinist Pamela Arnstein, bassist Kathryn Nettleman, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons 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.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials one month before performances. 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.

Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

Complete event details »

About This Concert:

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra flutist Adam Kuenzel, guitarist Magdalena Loza Flores, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons 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.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials one month before performances. 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.

Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

Complete event details »

About This Concert:

Join us for our first full orchestra symphonic sensory-friendly concert, an engaging and interactive experience conducted by Akiko Fujimoto and featuring guest cellist Nygel Witherspoon.

COPLAND
Fanfare for the Common Man

TOWER
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No.1

WILLIAMS
“Hedwig’s Flight,” from The Children’s Suite, from the motion-picture Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

BERNSTEIN
Overture to West Side Story

FAURÉ
Elégie for Cello and Orchestra

STRAUSS
Radetzky March

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7 in A major, movement IV

STRAVINSKY
Finale from Firebird

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons 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.
  • 16-year-old cellist Nygel Witherspoon makes a guest appearance playing Fauré’s Elégie
  • From Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man to Stravinsky’s Firebird, Courage and Triumph is a concert you won’t want to miss. Listen to the music that will be performed on the concert (coming soon)!
  • Come early for pre-concert activities, including opportunities to try ‭orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in collaborative art-making, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Read our tip sheet for information about the concert experience.

We designed this concert experience with support from our Accessibility Team and are extremely grateful for the expertise of each member and the contributions they made to develop this concert.

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

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