The Okee Dokee Brothers, an award-winning Minneapolis-based ensemble, perform with the Minnesota Orchestra in a concert of music for the entire family
The Okee Dokee Brothers, the Grammy Award-winning American children’s music duo, will perform a Family Concert at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, March 19, in collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra. The four-time Parents’ Choice Award winners and Minneapolis-based duo first performed with the Orchestra in Young People’s Concerts in 2015. For this upcoming Family Concert, The Okee Dokee Brothers perform some of their favorite nature-inspired, family-friendly songs including Bullfrog Opera, Can You Canoe? and Jamboree. Making his conducting debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in this performance is Benjamin Klemme, a graduate of the University of Minnesota and currently the associate conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Davenport, Iowa.
The performance is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, March 19, at
2 p.m., with tickets priced from $25 to $50 for adults; $20 to $50 for children ages 6 to 17; and $12 for children ages 5 and under. Tickets are available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
The Okee Dokee Brothers
Before they became The Okee Dokee Brothers, childhood friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up in Denver, Colorado, where they were always exploring the outdoors. Whether rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Mailander and Lansing 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. Based in Minneapolis, the Okee Dokee Brothers record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves. They have garnered praise from the likes of NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today, and have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters.” More: okeedokee.org.
Benjamin Klemme, conductor
Benjamin Klemme is the associate conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, where he conducts pops and family concerts, serves as cover conductor for all subscription performances, and leads community engagement initiatives to inspire listeners and performers of all ages. He also conducts the Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic Orchestras as music director of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles. He is the orchestra conductor at Augsburg College and the conductor of the Concert Orchestra of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. He is currently involved with designing music education programming intended to connect diverse communities across Iowa and Illinois through opportunities to hear, perform, and engage with orchestral music. Previously, he served as Artistic Advisor and Outreach Concert Host for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s “Music in Our Schools” program, and chaired the music department at New Mexico School for the Arts. More: benjaminklemme.com.
THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS
with the Minnesota Orchestra
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Benjamin Klemme, conductor
The Okee Dokee Brothers
Tickets: $25 to $50; $20 to $50 for children ages 6 to 17; $12 for children ages 5 and under
Learning in the Lobby: On Sunday, March 19, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., patrons will enjoy a variety of hands-on learning stations that focus on Family Concert themes and musical repertoire of the concert, curated by FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra.
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Center, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2016-17 season.
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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Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator