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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Family Concerts

You’re Invited! 

The Minnesota Orchestra's family concerts encourage children and families to come explore the magical world of music at Orchestra Hall. All tickets to these concerts are just $12. All concerts feature the Minnesota Orchestra and are approximately one hour with no intermission.

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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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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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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