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Minnesota Orchestra Announces 2016-17 Young People's Concerts

 

Programs include “Watch the Orchestra Grow,” “Peter and the Wolf” and “Discovering Great Melodies”

Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox leads Minnesota Orchestra in 22 concerts for school and home school groups at Orchestra Hall


The Minnesota Orchestra announced today its 2016-17 season of Young People’s Concerts, a series of 22 high-quality, one-hour concerts at Orchestra Hall designed to introduce students to the wonder and power of classical music. Featuring Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox leading the Minnesota Orchestra, the 2016-17 Young People’s Concerts range in theme from programs exploring the evolution of the modern symphony orchestra and how great melodies are born to Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and two concerts designed for secondary school students.

Students from across the metro and Greater Minnesota annually attend Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts. Students groups from the partner school districts of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka are eligible to receive free busing and tickets to select concerts from the Minnesota Orchestra. All other student or homeschool groups are eligible for subsidized tickets beginning on April 14, 2016 by visiting minnesotaorchestra.org/yp or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Our aim is to provide teachers and parents with an exceptional field trip that introduces students to classical music and key concepts in a great musical environment,” said Director of Education and Engagement Jessica Leibfried. “We want to provide access to all students to hear the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall.” Each Young People’s Concert focuses on a specific musical element, composer, time period or theme that is supported by free online preparation materials that are aligned with Minnesota State standards in music education. Annually, more than 40,000 students visit Orchestra Hall to hear a Young People’s Concert or Family Concert.

About the Minnesota Orchestra
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra is recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras. Founded in 1903, it performs nearly 175 concerts each year, with 300,000 attending. It is heard internationally through award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and tours, including a historic 2015 tour to Cuba. The Orchestra launched its flagship education program, Young People’s Concerts, in 1911 and has produced these dynamic daytime concerts for students ever since.


The Programs

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts
WATCH THE ORCHESTRA GROW

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall

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, as small groups of musicians reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole. Concerts will feature the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the orchestra—and classical music—in unique ways.

 

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts
PETER AND THE WOLF

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, December 2, 2016, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall

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 recognize the personality of each character within the music: sprightly strings for the adventurous Peter, a bassoon for his stern Grandfather, and other instruments for the bird, duck, cat, hunters and the stealthy wolf. A masterwork for students of all ages!

 

Minnesota Orchestra (Not So) Young People’s Concerts
MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT: FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall

Recommended for grades 6-12
Hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, these performances are designed for secondary school students, offering students a chance to experience the power of great symphonic works played at the highest level. The February 8 concert will feature Zoltán Kodály’s beguiling Dances of Galanta, while the February 9 program will showcase Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

 

Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts
DISCOVERING GREAT MELODIES

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Orchestra Hall

Recommended for grades 3-6
Here’s the concert to learn why some melodies are so wonderfully memorable. Students will investigate the five key components to an unforgettable melody—rhythm, mood, communication, repetition and, our favorite, the element of surprise. Join us to hear great melodies as featured in works by Rossini, Mozart, Mahler and Grieg, to name a few of the composers on this program.


TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION

To order Young People’s Concert tickets for school or homeschool groups beginning April 14, visit minnesotaorchestra.org/yp or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant,
thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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