Showcase March-April 2015 - page 59

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he Minnesota Orchestra has a century-
old commitment of bringing music to
students throughout our community—and that
dedication shines through in our Young People’s
Concerts, which began in 1911. In fact, many
of the Orchestra’s most dedicated patrons and
supporters started their classical music journey
by attending a Young People’s Concert.
Since Orchestra Hall opened in 1974,
more than 1.5 million students have
attended Young People’s Concerts.
And each of them received a subsidized ticket—
thanks to generous donors who care deeply
about sharing great symphonic music with young
people. Students are offered an extraordinary
range of music, superbly performed by the
outstanding musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra,
at ticket prices ranging from just $4 to $6.25—
though many receive tickets entirely free of charge.
Thanks to committed donors, nearly 50,000 will
attend this season’s Young People’s and Family
Concerts, with five unique programs designed
specifically to educate while they entertain:
“Symphony Spooktacular,” “Amahl and the Night
Visitors,” “Ferdinand the Bull,” “The Composer
is Dead” and a set of performances by the Okee
Dokee Brothers.
Students who experience the spirit-lifting nature
of a live orchestra performance are more likely
to develop—and reap the benefits of—a life-long
appreciation of classical music. We are grateful to the
many generous donors whose financial support helps
nurture these students. In the words of an educator
whose students attended “Ferdinand the Bull”:
Thank you so much for
all that you do to give the
children of Minnesota
such a fantastic outlet for
interaction with classical
music. For so many kids,
these concerts are the
most exposure they’ll get
to this important art form.
Keep up the good work!!!
Volunteer ushers from
the Young People’s
Symphony Concert
Association (YPSCA)
contribute countless
hours guiding students
to and from their seats
in Orchestra Hall;
YPSCA also subsidizes
tickets and provides
busing for students
from three districts
that cannot afford to
cover these costs.
Photo: Marian Hoffman
Photos by Greg Helgeson,
unless otherwise indicated
• The Orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts have been introducing children to orchestral music since 1911
• Thanks to generous donors who help subsidize tickets, nearly 50,000 attend Young People’s and Family Concerts annually
• 22,000 students benefit from free or specially priced $4 tickets through the Orchestra’s UPbeat program
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