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American Riffs

Grades 3-6

Tue Mar 7 — Thu Mar 9, 2023

Orchestra Hall

Multi-talented Minnesota Orchestra trumpet player Charles Lazarus is skilled at showing the many intersections between classical music and that great American tradition, jazz. Here students will learn about the development of American music through works such as Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing; Gershwin’s languid Summertime, from Porgy and Bess; Fats Waller’s Honeysuckle Rose; and dynamic music from Leonard Bernstein. Conducted by Sarah Hicks, the program features dazzling trumpet work from Lazarus supported by a quartet of jazz stars and, of course, the Minnesota Orchestra.

Things to Know

  1. Prepare for the concert by downloading our curriculum before your trip to Orchestra Hall.
  2. Tickets can be reserved in advance with no payment due until a month before the concert.
  3. The full concert will be available to watch online after April 26.
  4. Read a letter about the performance from Charles Lazarus, Trumpet and Host.

Date & Time




Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks


Charles Lazarus

trumpet and host

Tonia Hughes Kendrick


Tommy Barbarella


Jeff Bailey


David Schmalenberger


Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

  • ASL Interpretation
  • Armless & Bariatric Chairs
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large-Print Programs
  • Open Captioning
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.

Sponsored By

Mary Ann Feldman Music Education Fund
Angela S. Pennington and W. Anders Folk Student Ticket Fund

Ameriprise Financial
Midwest Radiology