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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Family Concerts

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Minnesota Orchestra family concerts offer a perfect opportunity to get your family together for a special outing. Enjoy cherished holiday music, go on a musical adventure or learn about music in a fun way. Save up to 15% with a Family Create Your Own series »

2016-17 Family Concerts

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“E.T. phone home.” Join us for an out-of-this-world experience as we screen one of the world’s most-beloved movies—E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial—with the Minnesota Orchestra playing John Williams’ unforgettable score live!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Steven Reineke, conductor

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  • Relive the adventure of Elliot and E.T. as they soar across the moon and beyond in their attempt to return E.T. home.
  • Revisit some of Hollywood’s most memorable childhood scenes—remember when a pigtailed Drew Barrymore first met E.T.?
  • A classic ‘80s film, E.T. is science fiction meets heartwarming drama—and a story of true friendship.

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You’ll eat up this tasty treat about an ambitious French rat (Remy) who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef in this Disney-Pixar animated film with live music from the Minnesota Orchestra!

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  • In a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down, Remy lands at Gusteau's restaurant, where the spirit of the late chef guides him through a bizarre partnership with clumsy clean-up boy Linguini.
  • Ratatouille has captivated movie (and food) lovers since it was released in 2007—it’s family entertainment at its best.
  • Prolific composer Michael Giacchino has also written scores for the animated favorites Up!, The Incredibles and Zootopia.
  • The filmmakers created over 270 types of food in the computer. Every item was first prepared and styled in a real kitchen, then photographed for reference and eaten.
  • For once, the rats prove to be the good guys!

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Prokofiev gave the world a gift when he wrote the musical story Peter and the Wolf, here brought vividly to life by the Orchestra and actors who are alumni of Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Theatre de la Jeune Lune alumni

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  • Young listeners will recognize the personality of each character within the music: sprightly strings for the adventurous Peter, a bassoon for his stern Grandfather, and other instruments for the bird, duck, cat, hunters and the stealthy wolf.

Join us at 11:45am and 1:45pm for Learning in the Lobby activities sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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The Tonight Show's legendary alumnus Doc Severinsen will kick your holiday spirit into high gear with a perennial extravaganza complete with choral favorites, big band showstoppers and the traditional sing-along.

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  • Doc Severinsen became the Minnesota Orchestra’s pops conductor laureate in April 2007, after completing 14 seasons as principal pops conductor.
  • He has been wowing audiences with his trumpeting prowess—and outrageous outfits—since his days leading The Tonight Show Band for Johnny Carson.
  • Besides being a fixture for 30 years on The Tonight Show, Doc was also a sideman on Lena Horne’s immortal Stormy Weather.
  • 89 years young, Doc Severinsen is still an unbelievable force of nature and a horn player par excellence.

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This 1947 beloved holiday classic stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore—hear it in a whole new light as we screen the complete film in Orchestra Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra performing Dimitri Tiomkin’s iconic the score live.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Justin Freer, conductor

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  • It’s a Wonderful Life is the classic tale of a small-town man who overcomes a crisis of faith with a little angelic intervention.
  • The film was not a box office success when it first came out, but is now ranked #1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the most inspirational American films of all time.
  • Director Frank Capra called it his favorite work, and screened it for his family every Christmas.
  • Dimitri Tiomkin (who composed the score) is a Hollywood music legend, and also wrote the themes for the TV westerns Rawhide and Gunslinger plus other classics such as High Noon and Dial M for Murder.
  • One of the writers for this touching script was the sharp-tongued Dorothy Parker! 

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This sensational production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Join Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, as they ring in the holidays and revive the hit music that defined the '60s.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Composers since Shakespeare’s time have tried to evoke the magic of Romeo and Juliet, and though some found popularity, the first to really get it right—translating into music the entire story’s emotion and action—was the Russian Sergei Prokofiev in the 1930s.

PROKOFIEV
Romeo and Juliet

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  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews.
  • Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work.
  • Prokofiev wrote his first piece—Indian Gallop for solo piano—when he was five, and his first opera when he was nine.
  • Prokofiev was just as good a chess player as he was a composer, beating the world chess champion in 1914.
  • Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet had as tortuous a path to its premiere as any piece ever written—it was first deemed “undanceable” and rejected, then bounced between ballet companies and bottlenecked over fears of official Soviet scorn.
  • Conductors love to rearrange the various numbers of Prokofiev’s ballet and create their own suites from it, often moving the score’s haunting ending up in the order or omitting it altogether.

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A unique and extraordinary concert that champions the work of trailblazing young composers—a thrilling view into the crystal-ball of tomorrow’s music.

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  • The Orchestra’s Composer Institute is a week-long training ground for the nation’s brightest young composers at Orchestra Hall that culminates with the Future Classics concert featuring a live performance of each composer’s work.
  • The Institute includes nuts-and-bolts sessions on writing orchestral music and tips on how to make a living at it.
  • Composers often create their music today via computer programs that—while handy—can only approximate the sound of the various orchestral instruments. There is no substitute for actually hearing what works (and what doesn’t) when musicians bring the music to life.
  • It is rare for a major American orchestra to devote an entire week of rehearsal time, and a full evening’s concert to emerging composers.
  • Osmo Vänskä has programmed some past “discoveries” on Minnesota Orchestra classical concerts, giving young composers a stunning career boost.

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Experience the deep rumble through Orchestra Hall when superstar organist Cameron Carpenter leads a thrilling and entertaining evening of not-so-silent film!

  • Cameron Carpenter, organ

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  • Cameron Carpenter is an absolute master of the King of Instruments, “a smasher of cultural and classical music taboos” (the Los Angeles Times).
  • He’ll be playing the International Touring Organ, an instrument he helped design which features its own supercomputer.
  • Carpenter has been compared to Franz Lizst; he’s been called “extravagantly talented;” one German critic even describes him as “a fallen angel who gives the organ back its sin.”
  • Buster Keaton, whose film is part of this evening, is remembered as a comic actor (he was nicknamed “The Great Stone Face”) but he’s also considered one of the greatest movie directors who ever lived.

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Usually a concerto turns the spotlight on one player in front of an orchestra, but Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra makes every instrumentalist onstage a soloist—this revolutionary score was his crowning achievement.

BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra

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  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews.
  • Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work.
  • Bartók had struggled with his health since he was a boy, but in his late 50s was diagnosed with leukemia.
  • Conductor Serge Koussevitzky visited Bartók in his hospital room and stunned him with a commission, asking the composer to get out of bed and write again.
  • The final page of Bartók’s Concerto holds the most riveting, life-affirming ending of any 20th-century classical piece.
  • That transcendent ending was an afterthought, and came only at the suggestion of a friend who saw the score in an early draft and thought the original, quieter ending could be pepped up a bit.

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Local favorites with a national following, Minnesota’s own Okee Dokee Brothers combine their deep appreciation for nature with their bluegrass musical skills and make music that’s fun for the whole family!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers, folk group

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  • The “brothers”—longtime friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing—also have loftier goals: to motivate kids and their parents to spend time outdoors and be creative.
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers got the inspiration for their Grammy-winning® album Can You Canoe? by paddling down the Mississippi River, of course!
  • Their music is “at times moving, at times raucous, and always rooted in a simultaneous respect for the natural world and the rich musical traditions of Appalachian mountain music.” —The Washington Post

Join us at 12:45pm for Learning in the Lobby activities sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra

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Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation will take audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society.

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  • Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies.
  • Bollywood movies have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations.
  • Taj Express is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture and deep traditions.
  • This production features colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.
  • The Times of India calls Taj Express, “riotous, exotic, graceful.”

Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

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Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Come early for happy hour, enjoy the performance and stay late for a post-concert onstage gathering with Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

STRAVINSKY
The Rite of Spring

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  • Optional activities are offered before and after each Symphony in 60 concert, including pre-concert happy hour and onstage gathering with musicians following the concert.

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Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Come early for happy hour, enjoy the performance and stay late for a post-concert onstage gathering with Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Zinman, conductor

WAGNER
Overture to Tannhäuser

STRAUSS
Also sprach Zarathustra

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  • Optional activities are offered before and after each Symphony in 60 concert, including pre-concert happy hour and onstage gathering with musicians following the concert.

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“Set phasers to stun.” It’s the Star Trek movie that relaunched a franchise, delighting long-time fans and first-timers alike. See the full film with Oscar-winning® composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score played live to picture!

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  • The film, set before the 1966 TV series, follows James T. Kirk and Spock aboard the USS Enterprise as they combat Nero, a Romulan from their future who threatens the United Federation of Planets.
  • The movie grossed over $385 million in the theater and was the only Star Trek film to win an Oscar® (for Best Makeup).
  • Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino also wrote the music to two cult TV favorites: Lost and Alias, also directed by Star Trek’s J. J. Abrams.

Oscar © A.M.P.A.S.

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Dvořák’s most famous symphony is the beautiful Ninth, but his Symphony No. 7 is his most thrilling—the music that put a Prague butcher’s son on the international music map.

Dvořák
Symphony No. 7

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  • Performance includes pre-concert happy hour (50% off all beverages) including local craft brews.
  • Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work.
  • In his spare time, Dvořák loved train-watching. The opening melody of the Seventh came to him when he was walking home from his daily constitutional at the Prague station.
  • The Seventh was a huge hit at its premiere when it was still on manuscript paper, but come time to be published, Dvořák’s German publisher made life miserable for the composer, insisting the score was worth only half the usual fee, and that Dvořák’s Czech first name, Antonín, had to appear on the title page in its German form, Anton.
  • The Seventh is in the key of D minor, a favorite of composers when they want to express drama, big ideas and sweeping passion.
  • Before his Seventh, Dvořák’s reputation rested largely on chamber music, much of which was written for two pianists sitting side-by-side on a bench.
  • If you’ve ever been concerned about knowing the exact moment to clap at a classical concert, the thrilling final page of Dvořák’s Seventh will leave you with no doubt.

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