Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Young People's Concerts

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, that is supported by free online preparation materials and multi-disciplinary performance elements. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

2015-16 Young People's Concerts

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Black Label Movement

Recommended for grades 3-6
Violin, viola, cello and...timpani? One of these instruments doesn’t belong with the others, but which one—and why?

In this interactive concert, students help our lost musicians find their way home by investigating the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments. Each family gets a chance to shine as the Orchestra performs excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Bernstein’s West Side Story. The concert also features amazing movers from Black Label Movement and music arranged by local composer Jocelyn Hagen.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre

Recommended for all grade levels
Ever hear of the Peanut Brittle Brigade, the Toot Toot Tootie Toot or the Arabesque Cookie?

They’re all a part of the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn version of The Nutcracker Suite. The Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Dance Theatre will perform movements from the original Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, interspersed with movements from the Ellington-Strayhorn version. Join us for a beautiful blend of jazz and classical genres—and experience this beloved holiday classic like you’ve never heard or seen it before!

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Black Label Movement

Recommended for grades K-2
Folk songs and folk dance are important parts of our cultural tradition, as vibrant elements of musical heritage that elders pass down to youth all around the world.

In this interactive concert, students will investigate symphonic music inspired by folk traditions, including Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and two Copland works—the delightful song “I Bought Me a Cat” and the iconic, always-exciting Appalachian Spring. Also featured are movers from Black Label Movement and music arranged by local composer Jocelyn Hagen.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Black Label Movement

Recommended for grades 3-6
Violin, viola, cello and...timpani? One of these instruments doesn’t belong with the others, but which one—and why?

In this interactive concert, students help our lost musicians find their way home by investigating the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments. Each family gets a chance to shine as the Orchestra performs excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Bernstein’s West Side Story. The concert also features amazing movers from Black Label Movement and music arranged by local composer Jocelyn Hagen.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra

Recommended for grades 6-12
In this exciting new offering specifically designed for middle and high school students, violist Sam Bergman hosts a concert that reveals how the “American sound” became what it is today—the way Native American elements were used, and how deeply Afro-American culture influenced rhythm, harmony and more.

Taking center stage is Gershwin’s jazzy, brilliantly evocative American in Paris, while additional repertoire highlights include works of Copland and William Grant Still—notably his Afro-American Symphony, where we’ll recognize the “12-bar blues” chord progression that makes up the bass line in early rock ’n’ roll.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Magic Circle Mime Company

Recommended for all grade levels
Magic Circle Mime returns! Three meddlesome characters—Music, Noise and Silence—invade Orchestra Hall, and when Silence and Noise attempt to seize control of the Orchestra, the concert seems doomed.

Only with the help of the audience and, of course, Music, will the conductor be able to bring harmony back to the Orchestra. Music performed will include excerpts from Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz, Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, Bach’s Fugue in G minor, Ives’ Country Band March and more.

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In-school Teacher Workshops

Teacher workshops or student presentations are free of charge and available for schools or districts bringing large numbers of students, and are scheduled at times and locations convenient to you. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an in-school workshop.

Accessibility Information

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