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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Relaxed Family and Sensory-Friendly Concerts

The Minnesota Orchestra is committed to increasing access to the symphonic art form by providing concert experiences in an inclusive environment. We offer Sensory-Friendly and Relaxed Family Concerts for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.

Our Sensory-Friendly Concerts feature individual musicians or small ensembles in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall. Relaxed Family Concerts feature the full orchestra in the main auditorium.

Information about accessibility services

About This Concert:

From Latin grooves to swingin’ sounds and floating waltzes, this inclusive program for audiences of all ages and abilities is sure to make you feel the rhythm!

BARROSO/arr. Wasson
Brasil / 3 min

FRANK
The Mestizo Waltz, from Three Latin American Dances / 3 min

TCHAIKOVSKY
Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker / 7 min

ELLINGTON/arr. Strayhorn
The Floreadores, from The Swingin’ Nutcracker / 5 min

STILL
Animato, mvmt. III from Symphony No. 1, Afro-American / 4 min

SIBELIUS
Dance Intermezzo No. 2 / 3 min

COPLAND
Hoedown, from Rodeo / 3 min

COPLAND
Simple Gifts, from Appalachian Spring / 2 min

MÁRQUEZ
Conga del Fuego Nuevo (Conga of New Fire) / 5 min

Fun Facts:

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  • Join us for an inclusive concert experience sure to delight audiences of all ages and abilities! All seats $12. One-hour concert in a relaxed environment. No intermission.
  • The traditional Shaker hymn Simple Gifts was made famous after its use in Aaron Copland's popular ballet Appalachian Spring. Weezer, REM, Judy Collins and Jewel have recorded versions of it, and John Williams’ Air and Simple Gifts arrangement was performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2009.
  • Participate in lobby activities (12:00pm-1:45pm and 3-3:30pm), including opportunities to try instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra may photograph or film portions of this experience for promotional and archival purposes. Please note that by entering, you consent to be photographed or filmed for these uses.

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Relaxed Family Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • All families are welcome! These concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet (English | Spanish), playlist and other preparatory materials!

 

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices available Open Captioning available Large print program available Braille program available Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly programService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Other services are available upon request. Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Sponsor:

PNC

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About This Concert:

Join us for an inclusive experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, featuring Minnesota Orchestra horn player Brian Jensen, pianist Charles Scarborough, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

  • Brian Jensen, horn
  • Charles Scarborough, piano
  • Lyndie Walker, host

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts in the Target Atrium.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert).
  • Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

 

Accessibility

   Large print program available  Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly programService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Sponsor:

PNC

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About This Concert:

Join us for an inclusive experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinist Pamela Arnstein, Acting Associate Principal Bass Kathryn Nettleman, and talented guest musicians from the audience!

  • Pamela Arnstein, violin
  • Kathryn Nettleman, bass
  • Lyndie Walker, host

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts in the Target Atrium
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert).
  • Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

 

Accessibility

   Large print program available  Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly programService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Additional services are available upon request.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Sponsor:

PNC

Complete event details »

About This Concert:

It's fascinating to see how music and visual art complement each other—especially when it happens right before your eyes! In addition to hearing the Orchestra perform several colorful, "visual" works, you'll get to watch as the Pictures music sparks the creation of new work by an artist during this inclusive concert experience for audiences of all ages and abilities.

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Relaxed Performances are designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in an inclusive environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Mussorgsky's delightful Pictures at an Exhibition was inspired by the art of his friend, Viktor Hartmann.
  • Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet, playlist, and other preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert)!

 

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices availableLarge print program availableBraille program available Open Captioning available   Wheelchair seating availableSensory Friendly program Service dogs welcome Please refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Additional services are available upon request.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Sponsor:

PNC

Complete event details »

About This Concert:

John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars film music communicates drama on a grand scale—as do other great works, including Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Holst’s The Planets.

Discover how Williams was inspired by classical composers during this inclusive concert experience for audiences of all ages and abilities!

Note: This performance will not feature any footage from the movie Star Wars.

Fun Facts:

  • Years before becoming a well-known name in Hollywood, John Williams served in the U.S. Air Force, where he conducted and arranged music for the U.S. Air Force Band.
  • With each new Star Wars film, Williams expanded on the musical universe he created for the series, adding new themes and expanding on previous material. For example, the famous Darth Vader theme, the Imperial March, did not appear until the second Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back, even though Darth Vader was introduced in the first movie.
  • Some of the earliest and most prominent film composers were actually classical and symphonic composers commissioned by Hollywood to create movie scores.
  • The connection between music and the cinema extends as far back as the silent film era of the 1890s to 1920s, when movies would often be accompanied by a live improvising pianist or a small ensemble playing classical pieces.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Relaxed Performances are designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in an inclusive environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.
  • Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program, and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Learn more about the concert experience with our tip sheet, playlist, and other preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert)!

 

Accessibility

American Sign Language interpretation available Assisted listening devices availableLarge print program availableBraille program available Open Captioning available   Wheelchair seating availableSensory Friendly program Service dogs welcome Please refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Additional services are available upon request.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Sponsor:

PNC

Complete event details »

About This Concert:

Join us for an inclusive experience designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, featuring a musician or small ensemble from the Minnesota Orchestra and talented guest musicians from the audience!

  • Minnesota Orchestra musicians, TBD
  • Lyndie Walker, host

Sensory-Friendly Concerts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts in the Target Atrium.
  • Fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all Sensory-Friendly Concerts, and attendees can also access online preparatory materials (available four weeks before the concert).
  • Stand-alone chairs provide for flexible seating and open space is available for those who wish to sit on the floor or move around the room.

 

Accessibility

   Large print program available  Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly programService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Sponsor:

PNC

Complete event details »


Sponsor:

PNC