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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.

2014-15 Young People's Concerts

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Mischa Santora, conductor
  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, theater

WAGNER
The Ride of the Valkyries, from The Valkyries

SAINT-SAËNS
Danse macabre

MAHLER
Symphony No. 1, Movement III: Solemn and measured, without dragging

MOZART
"I Am the Birdcatcher," Papageno's aria from The Magic Flute

GRIEG
In the Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt

WILLIAMS
The Imperial March, from Star Wars

Experience music that’s spooky and has delightful make-believe elements! Life-size puppets from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre provide a fantastic visual component to haunting favorites including Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre.

Curriculum materials and music clips will be available approximately 6-8 weeks before the concert. Read about Minnesota Orchestra Young People's concerts.

Homeschool Workshop: Monday, September 22, 2014, 10-11:30am
Free Homeschool Workshops are presented at Orchestra Hall prior to each concert. Homeschooling parents and students are welcome to attend this interactive session in preparation for the concert. Register below!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Karin Wolverton, soprano
  • Brad Benoit, tenor
  • Jeffrey Madison, baritone
  • James Sewell Ballet, dance company
  • Minnesota Chorale, chorus

MENOTTI
Amahl and the Night Visitors

On their way to Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men find another mother and child in great need. In this brief, wondrous opera, mother and child receive the miracles they need most: hope, love, faith and forgiveness.

Curriculum materials and music clips will be available approximately 6-8 weeks before the concert. Read about Minnesota Orchestra Young People's concerts.

Homeschool Workshop: Monday, November 10, 2014, 10-11:30am
Free Homeschool Workshops are presented at Orchestra Hall prior to each concert. Homeschooling parents and students are welcome to attend this interactive session in preparation for the concert. Register below!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Fedor Asimov, cello
  • Teatro del Pueblo

MOZART
Symphony No. 41, Jupiter, Allegretto (III) and Molto allegro (IV)

BIZET
Carmen Suite No. 1

FISH
Ferdinand the Bull

Here’s both drama and music—as The Story of Ferdinand is brought to life by Teatro del Pueblo. This beloved children’s book by Munro Leaf tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. Also on the program: the Orchestra will perform selections from Bizet’s lively Carmen suite as well as Mozart’s famous Jupiter symphony.

Curriculum materials and music clips will be available approximately 6-8 weeks before the concert. Read about Minnesota Orchestra Young People's concerts.

Illustration from The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson, © 1936 by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, renewed © 1964 by Munro Leaf and John W. Boyd. Used by permission of Viking Children's Books, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Homeschool Workshop: Monday, December 1, 2014, 10-11:30am
Free Homeschool Workshops are presented at Orchestra Hall prior to each concert. Homeschooling parents and students are welcome to attend this interactive session in preparation for the concert. Register below!

  • Minnesota Orchestra

STOOKEY
The Composer is Dead

Additional repertoire to be announced.

A musical “Who Done It” adventure with narration written by popular children's author Lemony Snicket and music by Nathaniel Stookey. Learn about the orchestra's instruments while unraveling the mystery surrounding the composer’s untimely death.

Curriculum materials and music clips will be available approximately 6-8 weeks before the concert. Read about Minnesota Orchestra Young People's concerts.

Homeschool Workshop: Monday, January 26, 2014, 10-11:30am
Free Homeschool Workshops are presented at Orchestra Hall prior to each concert. Homeschooling parents and students are welcome to attend this interactive session in preparation for the concert. Register below!

  • Minnesota Orchestra

These world-premiere concerts feature newly-orchestrated versions of music from the GRAMMY Award-winning recording Can You Canoe? and latest release Through the Woods.

As childhood friends growing up in Denver, Colorado, Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander were always exploring the outdoors. Whether rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Justin and Joe were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana folk music.

Curriculum materials and music clips will be available approximately 6-8 weeks before the concert. Read about Minnesota Orchestra Young People's concerts.


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

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.

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