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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

About This Concert:

Join us for our first full orchestra symphonic sensory-friendly concert, an engaging and interactive experience for all ages 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
Harry's Wondrous World, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

BERNSTEIN
Overture to West Side Story

FAURÉ
Elégie for Cello and Orchestra

STRAUSS
Radetzky March

BEETHOVEN
Allegro con brio, mvt. IV from Symphony No. 7

STRAVINSKY
Finale from The 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 curated by community partners including the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and Toneworks Music Therapy!
  • Read our tip sheet for information about the concert experience.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra may photograph or film portions of this experience for promotional and archival purposes. Please note that by entering, you consent to be photographed or filmed for these uses.

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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About This Concert:

Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature YPSCA School Music Auditions winner Emma Taggart joined by her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists on the magical Carnival of Animals.

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • Audiences will hear all of their favorite animals, including the Swan, the Elephant, Kangaroos, Lions, Birds and Fish.
  • Rounding out the program will be the exciting Overture to William Tell and three additional pieces inspired by animals.
  • Participate in lobby activities (11:45am-12:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm), 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.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • 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.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials (available four weeks prior to the concert)!

 

Accessibility

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

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

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About This Concert:

Here’s both drama and music—as The Story of Ferdinand is brought to life by actors and musicians alike.

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • This beloved children’s book by Munro Leaf tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights.
  • Hear the third movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor played by Emma Taggart, winner of the School Music Auditions sponsored by YPSCA.
  • Participate in lobby activities (11:45am-12:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm), 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.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • 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.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials (available four weeks prior to the concert)!

 

Accessibility

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

Read more about Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Complete event details »

About This Concert:

From Latin grooves to swingin’ sounds and floating waltzes, this program is sure to make you feel the rhythm!

BARROSO/arr. Wasson
Brasil

REICH
Hand Clapping Music for Claves

TCHAIKOVSKY
Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker

ELLINGTON/arr. Strayhorn
The Floreadores, from The Swingin’ Nutcracker

SIBELIUS
Dance Intermezzo No. 2

COPLAND
Hoedown, from Rodeo

COPLAND
Simple Gifts, from Appalachian Spring

MENKEN
Under the Sea, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Fun Facts:

  • Join us for a concert sure to delight audiences of all ages! All seats $12. One-hour concert. No intermission.
  • Steve Reich was a pioneer of minimalist music composition, and was among the first to use tape loops, human breath and hand clapping to create styles known as “pulse” and “phase” music.
  • Under the Sea was written by Alan Menken for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It was Menken’s first score for Disney, and it won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1989.
  • The traditional Shaker hymn Simple Gifts was made famous after its use in Aaron Copland's popular ballet Appalachian Spring. Weezer, REM, Judy Collins and Jewel have recorded versions of it, and John Williams’ Air and Simple Gifts arrangement was performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2009.
  • Come early for pre-concert activities (12:45-1:45pm), 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.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra may photograph or film portions of this experience for promotional and archival purposes. Please note that by entering, you consent to be photographed or filmed for these uses.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • All families are welcome! We invite you to Orchestra Hall—a supporting and relaxed environment.
  • Concerts take place in an environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet and other preparatory materials (available four weeks prior to the 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 programSensory Friendly program

Complete event details »