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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:

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Composer Steve Heitzeg often uses “found objects” as instruments in his works, and his music is filled with surprises. This will delight audiences who hear The Tin Forest, a musical retelling of Helen Ward’s beloved children’s book, in which an ugly junkyard magically grows into a beautiful forest. Join us for an inclusive experience sure to delight audiences of all ages and abilities!

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • H. Adam Harris, host
  • Emma Taggart, piano
  • Lynne Warfel, narrator

Program

DVOŘÁK
Slavonic Dances, Opus 46, No. 1 in C major: Presto / 4 min

GREIG
Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 16, III: Allegro moderato molto e marcato / 10 min

LARSEN
Symphony: Water Music, III: Wafting / 5 min

SMETANA
Excerpts from The Moldau, No. 2 from Má vlast (My Homeland) / 5 min

HEITZEG
The Tin Forest / 12 min

PRICE
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, III: Juba Dance / 5 min

Going to Orchestra Hall Pre-Visit Story | Versión en español | Qaybta af Somaliga

The Tin Forest Pre-Visit Story (pdf)

Fun Facts:

  • 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.
  • Composer Steve Heitzeg often uses “found objects” as instruments in his works, and his music is filled with surprises. This will delight audiences who hear The Tin Forest, a musical retelling of Helen Ward’s beloved children’s book, in which an ugly junkyard magically grows into a beautiful forest.
  • Rounding out this concert are thrilling Dvořák, Smetana and Florence Price selections performed by the Orchestra, plus a star turn by pianist Emma Taggart, the talented 16-year-old winner of the 2018 Young People's Concerto Competition, who performs the dramatic third movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto.
  • Host H. Adam Harris’ recent theatrical credits include puppeteering and voicing the title role of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in the U.S premiere at the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) and The Old Globe Theatre. Next up, he will play Smaug and others in the five-person adaptation of The Hobbit at CTC, in addition to directing the world premiere of How It’s Gon’ Be by JuCoby Johnson with Underdog Theatre, presented at Mixed Blood Theatre.
  • Participate in lobby activities (11:45am-12:45pm and 2pm-2:45pm), including opportunities to try orchestral instruments, engage in creative movement, ‭participate in art-making, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

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.
  • 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 and playlist! Listen to Wafting on Libby Larsen's website, Juba Dance on YouTube, and other works with the Spotify playlist located at the bottom of this page.

 

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 program

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Steve Heitzeg’s The Tin Forest was originally commissioned by FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra as a chamber work for Kinder Konzerts; the Minnesota Orchestra subsequently commissioned a full orchestra version of the work.

Sponsor:

PNC

Limit two per household. Note: All seating subject to availability and may vary by performance. Normal service charges apply. Available while supplies last and may not be combined with any other offer. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

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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
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
Afro-American Symphony mvt. III “Animato” / 4 min

SIBELIUS / 3 min
Dance Intermezzo No. 2

COPLAND
Hoedown, from Rodeo / 3 min

COPLAND
Simple Gifts, from Appalachian Spring / 2 min

MARQUEZ
Conga del Fuego Nuevo / 5 min

Fun Facts:

Going to Orchestra Hall Pre-Visit Story | Versión en español | Qaybta af Somaliga

  • 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 (12:45pm-1:45pm), including opportunities to try orchestral 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, 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

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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

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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