Bring a book to donate at your Sommerfest concert and help us send 22,000 books to Africa!

The goal is to collect enough books to fill a shipping container ( 22,000 books) to send in advance of the Orchestra's tour to South Africa in August 2018. Below are tips for how to donate.

Books for Africa

Book Donation Guidelines:

  • Books that are less than 15 years old in age and in new or good used condition.
  • Desired topics include academic textbooks, baby board books, youth and adult reading books, general library books, and dictionaries.
  • Please do not donate books about holidays, religion, encyclopedia sets, self-help books.
  • Labels will be available when you drop off your book so you may write a note to the student in Africa who will receive your book!

Books For Africa is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 40 million books to 53 different countries since 1988.

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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



During the summer of 2017, community members and Orchestra staff came together to begin planning our first full orchestra Sensory-Friendly concert for July 2018. We are extremely grateful for the Accessibility Team’s invaluable expertise and contributions.

Community Members

Amy Furman, MT-BC
Lead Music Therapist
Minneapolis School District

Hunter Gullickson
Accessibility Manager
Guthrie Theater

Sharon Hartzell D’Arco
Parent of Child with a Disability
Eden Prairie, MN

Roger I. Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA
Program Director & Associate Professor
Program in Occupational Therapy
College of Public Health, Temple University

Eli Sailer-Haugland
High School Senior
Roseville Area High School

Chet Tschetter
Director of Education
Autism Society of Minnesota

Lyndie Walker, MT-BC
Director of Clinical Services
Toneworks Music Therapy

Minnesota Orchestra Staff Members
Andrew Christensen, FRIENDS Operations Manager
Laura Corts, Marketing Manager
Tom Heideman, Usher
Grant Henry, Director of Digital Services
Jessica Leibfried, Director of Education and Community Engagement
Rob Nygaard, Director of Foundation and Government Relations
Emma Plehal, Writer and Communications Coordinator
Mary Rascop-Peterson, Events and Personnel Manager
Jessi Ryan, Manager of Community Engagement
Matt Winiecki, Stage Manager/Head Carpenter

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