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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Young People's Concerts

 

2017-18 Young People's Concerts

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

Recommended for elementary-age students
Experience Minnesota's top athletes of the concert stage.

Just as top athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul will inspire the world with their feats, Orchestra musicians will draw “wow” responses in this concert of Olympic-inspired works, showcasing connections between winter sports and core elements of music.

Fun Facts:

  • Articulation and texture will receive special focus, as students explore staccato with Vivaldi’s Winter and legato in Waldteufel’s Skaters’ Waltz, and compare the textures of two lush Dvořák works, the solo-voiced Cello Concerto, performed by FRIENDS competition winner Brannon Cho, and the full-orchestra New World Symphony—much like comparing the individual performance in the luge event to the finely-tuned team effort in hockey.
  • Also notable: John Williams’ exciting Olympic Fanfare and Theme, composed for the 1984 Olympics, and a surprise birthday salute to a conductor of Olympic proportions.

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Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

Recommended for grades 6-12
Secondary students, including those who are enrolled in advanced music theory or music history courses, will not want to miss this new, specially designed program.

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

KODÁLY
Dances of Galanta

Schedule

10am-10:40am: Bach Rehearsal & Run-through Performance
10:40am-10:55am: Break
10:55am-11:35am: Kodály Rehearsal & Run-through Performance
11:35am-12pm: Discussion

Fun Facts:

  • This unique rehearsal format-performance features a rare glimpse of the Orchestra’s behind-the-scenes efforts. Students will experience working rehearsals--as well as the polished performances that are the result.
  • We see both approaches first with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and then, after a break, with Kodály’s Dances of Galanta. Wrapping up this special program will be a 30-minute “dig deeper” session in which students ask questions of and initiate discussions with the musicians themselves.
  • Students are invited to bring scores and follow along as the Orchestra plays!

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor

Recommended for elementary-age students
Some composers tell stories in music with fascinating results—painting musical pictures of people, places and whatever they see around them.

Fun Facts:

  • Orchestra Hall will come alive with the sounds of a bee buzzing and swooping in Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved Flight of the Bumblebee, and with the sounds of the mighty Mississippi flowing in works by Kevin Puts and Michael Daugherty.
  • Students will also discover how composers create a new story to go with familiar music—as Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) did with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
  • Principal Tuba Steven Campbell and star piccolo player Roma Duncan also team up for Kling’s The Elephant and the Fly, a most unusual piccolo-tuba pairing.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

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Recommended for elementary-age students
In this exciting interactive concert, musicians help students investigate the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments.

Fun Facts:

  • Each musical family gets a chance to shine as the Orchestra performs lively excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein’s West Side Story and more.
  • There’s also a special treat—an impressive performance by a dynamic young competition winner, cellist Nygel Witherspoon, performing the gorgeous first movement of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

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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.

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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.

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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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Young People’s Concerts and Curriculum are designed for students in grades 3-6 but can be enjoyed by a wide variety of ages. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have any questions.

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Schools: Our education staff offers complimentary student workshops to help prepare your students for the Young People’s Concert. Workshops are typically 30 minutes long and are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Instrument demonstrations are available to students and families registered for a Young People’s Concert. Demonstrations are typically 30 minutes long and are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Curriculum and Interactive Guide to the Orchestra
Concert specific curriculum materials will be available here 6-8 weeks before each concert. Our Interactive Guide to the Orchestra is available year-round.

Tickets / Concert Logistics Contact
Chris Johnson, Manager of Group Sales and VIP Services 612.371.5671 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Young People's Concerts are supported by:

RBC Wealth Management and RBC Foundation – USA
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