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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Family Concerts

You’re Invited! 

Minnesota Orchestra family concerts offer a perfect opportunity to get your family together for a special outing. Enjoy cherished holiday music, go on a musical adventure or learn about music in a fun way.

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About This Concert

Don’t miss a live music-and-movie event that features a catchy score and a heartwarming animated adventure that kids of all ages will love.

Visually rich, funny and a little macabre, the 2017 animated film Coco follows a 12-year-old boy who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he must find his great-great-grandfather, a deceased musician, in order to return to the Land of the Living. Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Bring your whole family to a live screening accompanied by the Minnesota Orchestra performing Michael Giacchino’s score in its entirety.

English and Spanish subtitles will be displayed onscreen.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • This Minnesota Orchestra performance marks the first time anywhere in the world that a live orchestra has accompanied a screening of the movie Coco.
  • The song "Remember Me" won the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Original Song, written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The songwriting team won their first Oscar® for "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen."
  • Critically praised for its animation, voice acting and celebration of Mexican culture, Coco won an Academy Award®, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe® for Best Animated Feature.
  • An award-winning film and television composer, Michael Giacchino has also scored such Hollywood blockbusters as Jurassic World, Incredibles 2, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Zootopia, Star Trek and Up.
  • Arrive early for concerts throughout the festival and enjoy our $5 Happy Hour along with food, fun and free entertainment.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts.

The Movies & Music series is sponsored by U.S. Bank.

US Bank

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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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

Experience the thrills of the second film in the original Star Wars trilogy as it is shown in full on the big screen, accompanied live by the Minnesota Orchestra led by Sarah Hicks.

Feel the power of the Force as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO return for more intergalactic excitement in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. A full-length movie screening accompanied by a live performance of John Williams’ Oscar®-nominated score brings this epic battle for the galaxy to life.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Oscar®-winning composer John Williams recorded the original soundtrack with the London Symphony Orchestra in 18 sessions over six days in 1979 and 1980.
  • Creator of some of the most memorable movie scores of all time, Williams also wrote the music for Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, Schindler's List and the first three Harry Potter films, among many more.
  • Muppets creator Jim Henson, a friend of Star Wars mastermind George Lucas, was initially offered the opportunity to design the character Yoda.
  • The Empire Strikes Back was the highest-grossing film of 1980 and earned John Williams two Grammys® for Best Original Movie Score and Best Instrumental Composition.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

The Movies & Music series is made possible by U.S. Bank.

US Bank

Complete event details »

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Head back to Hogwarts™ and bring on the dragons, as Harry Potter™ is picked by the Goblet of Fire™ to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. The Minnesota Orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s inspiring full score while Harry, his friends and He Who Must Not Be Named™ soar across the big screen in a truly magical immersive experience.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Elaborating on John Williams’ memorable scores to the first three Harry Potter™ films, composer Patrick Doyle (Henry V, Sense and Sensibility, Gosford Park) took the reins to create Goblet of Fire's™ music.
  • Nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, Doyle won an ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for “outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music.”
  • Director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) was the first Brit to direct a Harry Potter™ film.

Accessibility at Minnesota Orchestra performances

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Please note: to enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

The Movies & Music series is made possible by U.S. Bank.

US Bank

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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

Complete event details »

About This Concert

Head back to Hogwarts™ and bring on the dragons, as Harry Potter™ is picked by the Goblet of Fire™ to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. The Minnesota Orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s inspiring full score while Harry, his friends and He Who Must Not Be Named™ soar across the big screen in a truly magical immersive experience.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Elaborating on John Williams’ memorable scores to the first three Harry Potter™ films, composer Patrick Doyle (Henry V, Sense and Sensibility, Gosford Park) took the reins to create Goblet of Fire's™ music.
  • Nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, Doyle won an ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for “outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music.”
  • Director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) was the first Brit to direct a Harry Potter™ film.

Accessibility at Minnesota Orchestra performances

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Please note: to enhance the clarity of spoken dialogue during this film screening and live musical performance, English subtitles will appear at the bottom of the screen.

The Movies & Music series is made possible by U.S. Bank.

US Bank

Complete event details »

About This Concert

Get your tickets for balloon-powered fun, and fly away with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Disney Pixar hit Up for a live movie and music performance.

Stylish, vibrant and laugh-out-loud funny, Up is the story of widower Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) as he makes new friends and gains new wisdom when he uses balloons to fly his house to South America. Performing Michael Giacchino’s Oscar®-winning score in full, the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Sarah Hicks, brings this perfectly-crafted buddy movie to life.

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Upon release, Variety praised “Michael Giacchino’s full-bodied, traditional score” as “superlative.”
  • Up won Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 2010 Academy Awards as well as Best Original Score and Best Animated Feature Film at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.
  • Up introduces two scene-stealing non-human characters: a colorful flightless bird named Kevin and Dug, a Golden Retriever with a collar that translates his thoughts to speech.
  • Juilliard-educated composer Michael Giacchino has scored many award-winning films, including box office smash hits such as: Jurassic World, Incredibles 2, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Zootopia, Star Trek and Coco.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

The Movies & Music series is made possible by U.S. Bank.

US Bank

Complete event details »

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 »