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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

In this concert wholly devoted to deserving young artists, we introduce composers on a blazing path to create the next generation’s orchestral masterpieces.

This program is part of Minnesota Orchestra's American Expressions festival, celebrating and exploring this country’s bold, imaginative and diverse classical music tradition.

Program

TJ COLE
Nightscape / 5 min

VIET CUONG
Moxie / 8 min

JONATHAN CZINER
Resonant Bells / 12 min

WILL HEALY
Kolmanskop / 10 min

MATTHEW RICKETTS
Melodia, for Piano and Orchestra / 16 min

CONNOR ELIAS WAY
Over Collapsing Cities of Steel / 10 min

ALYSSA WEINBERG
in somnis / 7 min

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Program Notes PDF

Artists

Fun Facts

  • This concert is the final event of 16th Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented with the American Composers Forum, a nationally recognized program to support young composers.
  • This program’s works cover a range of musical styles; many will receive their first performance by a major American orchestra during the Future Classics concert.

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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About This Concert

In this concert wholly devoted to deserving young artists, we introduce composers on a blazing path to create the next generation’s orchestral masterpieces.

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features $12 student tickets and free extras in the lobby including a post-concert meet and greet with musicians. Activities start an hour and a half before the concert. More information coming soon!

Program

TJ COLE
Nightscape / 5 min

VIET CUONG
Moxie / 8 min

JONATHAN CZINER
Resonant Bells / 12 min

WILL HEALY
Kolmanskop / 10 min

MATTHEW RICKETTS
Melodia, for Piano and Orchestra / 16 min

CONNOR ELIAS WAY
Over Collapsing Cities of Steel / 10 min

ALYSSA WEINBERG
in somnis / 7 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • This concert is the final event of 16th Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented with the American Composers Forum, a nationally recognized program to support young composers.
  • This program’s works cover a range of musical styles; many will receive their first performance by a major American orchestra during the Future Classics concert.

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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About This Concert:

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra Concertmaster Erin Keefe, first violinist Sarah Grimes, Principal Viola Rebecca Albers, Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe and Acting Associate Principal Bass Kathryn Nettleman. Also on the program—talented guest musicians from the audience!

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Download online preparatory materials (pdf).

Fun Facts:

  • The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons 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.
  • 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 at Orchestra Hall

     Wheelchair seating available Sensory Friendly program Sensory Friendly program Sensory Friendly program

Other access services are available upon request.

Sponsor:

PNC

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About This Concert

Intimate, elegant and luminous, this one-hour concert is an invitation to mingle, and rejuvenate with music in gorgeous works by Ravel, Bizet and Vivaldi.

Program

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin / 16 min

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major / 12 min

BIZET
Symphony No. 1  / 28 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance.
  • Outspoken, opinionated and intelligent, Ravel was a brilliant critic and writer as well as a composer, and was a member of the artistic salon group known as “Les Apaches” (the Ruffians), which included the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and poet Tristan Klingsor.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Complete event details »

About This Concert

Intimate, elegant and luminous, this one-hour concert is an invitation to mingle, and rejuvenate with music in gorgeous works by Ravel, Bizet and Vivaldi.

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features $12 student tickets and free extras in the Student Zone. Activities start an hour and a half before the concert. More information coming soon!

Program

RAVEL
Le Tombeau de Couperin / 16 min

VIVALDI
Piccolo Concerto in C major / 12 min

BIZET
Symphony No. 1  / 28 min

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance.
  • Outspoken, opinionated and intelligent, Ravel was a brilliant critic and writer as well as a composer, and was a member of the artistic salon group known as “Les Apaches” (the Ruffians), which included the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and poet Tristan Klingsor.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Complete event details »

About This Concert:

Saint-Saëns' masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra will feature Young People’s Concerto Competition winner Emma Taggart and her brother Jacob Taggart as soloists. Writer Shane Hawley will also perform his original poetry inspired by the magical Carnival of Animals.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • Shane Hawley, poet and host
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre, dance ensemble
  • Emma Taggart, piano
  • Jacob Taggart, piano

Program

ROSSINI
Finale from William Tell Overture / 4 min

GERSHWIN
Promenade (“The Real McCoy”), from Shall We Dance, arr. Berkowitz / 4 min

MUSSORGSKY
Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, Mvmts. IV and V / 5 min

TCHAIKOVSKY
Danse des cygnes, Act II Scene 13 (III & IV) from Swan Lake / 5 min

SAINT-SAËNS
Carnival of the Animals / 22 min

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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.
  • Audiences will hear all of their favorite animals, including the Swan, the Elephant, Kangaroos, Lions, Birds and Fish.
  • Rounding out the program will be the exciting Overture to William Tell and three additional pieces inspired by animals.
  • Featured poet Shane Hawley is a writer and performer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is a 2010 National Poetry Slam Champion and the author of ABC Death, a hilarious, macabre picture book about the tricky interactions between humans and animals, published by Button Poetry.
  • 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 other preparatory materials!
  • 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.

 

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.

Sponsor:

PNC

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About This Concert

Called “a sweet stream of melodies” when it premiered, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony sparkles alongside Libby Larsen and Johann Strauss’ aquatically-themed selections in this cheerfully springy 60  minute musical interlude.

This concert, selected by our Student Ambassadors, features $12 student tickets and free extras in the Student Zone. Activities start an hour and a half before the concert. More information coming soon!

Program

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music / 17 min

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 22 min

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube / 10 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Danzmayr, conductor

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance.
  • Scholars are still mystified as to why Schubert didn’t finish Symphony No. 8; some speculate that it was due to the onset of syphilis that would eventually kill him at age 31.
  • A passionate advocate for contemporary composers and their work, Libby Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, in 1973 to assist composers in a transitional time for American arts.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Complete event details »

About This Concert

Called “a sweet stream of melodies” when it premiered, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony sparkles alongside Libby Larsen and Johann Strauss’ aquatically-themed selections in this cheerfully springy 60  minute musical interlude.

Program

*LARSEN 
Symphony: Water Music / 17 min

SCHUBERT
Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 22 min

J. STRAUSS, Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube / 10 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Danzmayr, conductor

Fun Facts

  • Symphony in 60 concerts include a pre-show happy hour, local craft beer, and a chance to mingle with musicians post-performance.
  • Scholars are still mystified as to why Schubert didn’t finish Symphony No. 8; some speculate that it was due to the onset of syphilis that would eventually kill him at age 31.
  • A passionate advocate for contemporary composers and their work, Libby Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, in 1973 to assist composers in a transitional time for American arts.

*This work is part of Minnesota Orchestra's season-long exploration and celebration of American music. Learn more about our American Expressions festival in January 2019.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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

Complete event details »

About This Concert

The five-time Grammy®-winning a cappella group takes the stage with its captivating blend of classical, pop and pure voice performing a musical retrospective that includes J.S. Bach, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles and more.

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this concert.

Fun Facts

  • The group won five Grammy® awards, has made more than 50 albums and appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks including Sex and the City, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee.
  • The Swingles’ newest album, Folklore, explores folk music from around the world and features collaborations with traditional artists.

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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About This Concert

Go boldly where few films have gone before as the Enterprise crew confronts one of the greatest threats Starfleet has ever faced (Benedict Cumberbatch) in J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi blockbuster, while the Orchestra plays Michael Giacchino’s spectacular score – live!

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Director J.J. Abrams praises Giacchino’s music as “the secret weapon of the Star Trek series.”
  • Giacchino holds the distinction of being the only composer to score both a Star Trek movie and a Star Wars movie, the latter being 2016's Rogue One.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

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.

©2013 Paramount Pictures. ™ CBS Studios Inc.

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About This Concert

Seriously talented and seriously funny, Igudesman and Joo return to the Minnesota Orchestra for a one-of-a-kind madcap musical satire.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Aleksey Igudesman, violin
  • Hyung-ki Joo, piano

Fun Facts

  • Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo’s unique combination of humor and music reflects their shared goal to make classical music accessible to diverse audiences—think P.D.Q. Bach or Victor Borge on caffeine.
  • They first met each other at age 12 in the mid-1980s at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, and in 2004 they created their first show as a duo, “A Little Nightmare Music.”

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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About This Concert:

The beloved children's book The Tin Forest comes to life in this magical concert.

  • 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

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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 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 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

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About This Concert

Grab a ticket to ride in a mesmerizing symphonic journey through the history of The Beatles at Abbey Road that features smart new arrangements of their greatest hits interspersed with never-before-seen images from The Beatles Book Archives.

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Fun Facts

  • This performance includes gems like “Ticket to Ride,” “Get Back,” “Hey Jude,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “All You Need is Love.”
  • The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them as the best artist of all time, and they received the 2014 Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award.

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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About This Concert:

From Latin grooves to swingin’ sounds and floating waltzes, this program 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
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:

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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 (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.
  • 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 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 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 program

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall.

Sponsor:

PNC

Complete event details »