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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Young People's Concerts

Roderick Cox

“We’re going on great musical journeys this season, traveling through different historical periods and exploring musical concepts with our magnificent Minnesota Orchestra. I’m looking forward to being your guide.”
–Roderick Cox, Assistant Conductor, Minnesota Orchestra

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. Each Young People’s Concert focuses on a specific musical element, composer, time period or theme and includes free online preparation materials aligned to Minnesota State Standards in music education. Concerts are interactive and engaging so be prepared to sing, move, respond and learn!

All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

 

2016-17 Young People's Concerts

Recommended for grades 3-6
Where did orchestras come from? What happened as ensembles grew from a handful of string players to today’s powerful body of musicians?

Students will find the answers in this concert—both aurally and visually—as one or two musicians at a time come onstage and reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole. Discover which changes came with “Papa” Haydn, the “father of the symphony orchestra”; Mozart, who championed the clarinet; and Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the orchestra and symphonic music in unique ways.

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance.

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Recommended for all grade levels
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.

Students will delight in recognizing the personality of each character within the music: sprightly strings for the adventurous boy Peter, a bassoon for his stern Grandfather, and other instruments for the fluttering Bird, the waddling Duck, the creeping Cat, the Hunters and the strong, stealthy Wolf. Rarely does a single work offer so many exciting teaching opportunities!

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance. Registration begins in late summer 2016. Curriculum materials will be available 6-8 weeks before the performance.

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Recommended for grades 3-6
Where did orchestras come from? What happened as ensembles grew from a handful of string players to today’s powerful body of musicians?

Students will find the answers in this concert—both aurally and visually—as one or two musicians at a time come onstage and reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole. Discover which changes came with “Papa” Haydn, the “father of the symphony orchestra”; Mozart, who championed the clarinet; and Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the orchestra and symphonic music in unique ways.

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance. Registration begins in late summer 2016. Curriculum materials will be available 6-8 weeks before the performance.

Complete event details »

Recommended for grades 6-12
Hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, this concert is designed for secondary school students, offering students a chance to experience the power of great symphonic works played at the highest level.

This Young People’s concert for secondary school audiences offer students a chance to dig deeper into the context and history behind a specific symphonic work. The concert will showcase Kodály’s Dances of Galánta as the centerpiece of the program supplemented with other important works showing the history of Hungarian music in classical repertoire.

Curriculum materials will be available 6-8 weeks before the performance. 

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance.

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TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4

Recommended for grades 6-12
Hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, this concert is designed for secondary school students, offering students a chance to experience the power of great symphonic works played at the highest level.

Young People’s concerts for secondary school audiences offer students a chance to dig deeper into the context and history behind a specific symphonic work. This concert will showcase Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 performed in its entirety.

Curriculum materials will be available 6-8 weeks before the performance.

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance.

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Recommended for grades 3-6
Discover what makes these melodies so unique and experience the thrill of a live camera feed, giving students an up-close and personal view of our very own Minnesota Orchestra musicians!

Students will investigate five key components to an unforgettable melody: rhythm, mood, communication, repetition, and our favorite, the element of surprise! For example, have you ever noticed that the famous “gallop rhythm” in Rossini’s upbeat William Tell Overture is the exact same rhythm that opens Mozart’s moody Symphony No. 40?

Sign up for a homeschool workshop for this performance. Registration begins in late summer 2016. Curriculum materials will be available 6-8 weeks before the performance.

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Connect with the Minnesota Orchestra

Homeschool Families: We offer complimentary preconcert workshops to help prepare your family for the Young People’s Concert. Register today »

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.

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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