Symphonic Chills and Thrills
Sun Oct 30, 2022
Composers have many tricks to makes things chilling—tempo and dynamics to chase, or xylophones to rattle our bones. This lively and mysterious program will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Our Relaxed Family Concerts are designed for audiences of all ages, including individuals with autism or 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.
A Few Things to Know
- Symphonic Chills and Thrills will feature a variety of music—some soft and some loud—because we know that different audience members like different levels of sound. Review our tip sheet (below) to read about quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones and other options which are available for tailoring the concert experience to fit your family's preferences.
- Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try instruments, engage in creative movement, make art, learn more about the program and meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
- Prepare for the concert experience with our playlist, lobby map, pre-visit story and other materials. Scroll down this page for those resources!
- Free tickets for this concert are available for young listeners under 18 through the Hall Pass program. Choose the Hall Pass price type when selecting seats for kids.
Date & Time
In the Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 / 3 min
Danse macabre / 7 min
Phantom Chapel / 5 min
A Night on Bald Mountain / 7 min
Hedwig’s Theme, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone / 5 min
Auguries, from Abstractions / 3 min
Witches’ Sabbath, from Symphonie fantastique / 7 min
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
American Sign Language interpreter
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård—who is serving as music director designate during the 2022-23 season—is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings and broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903, the Orchestra has an extensive history of touring throughout Minnesota, nationally and abroad, including high-profile visits in recent years to Cuba, Europe and South Africa. Recording projects undertaken in the past two decades include complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Sibelius and Mahler, all recorded under Osmo Vänskä, who is now the Orchestra’s conductor laureate.
Australian conductor Nathan Aspinall has led orchestras across the U.S., Europe and Australasia. He is currently the associate conductor of the Nashville Symphony. He was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and a recipient of the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize at the Aspen Music Festival. This past summer, he traveled to Leipzig for a concert with the Mendelssohn-Orchesterakadamie of the Gewandhausorchester. He was formerly associate conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony, which he led in subscription programs each season and multiple tours; he will return there this season to lead a subscription program.
Christina Baldwin is a director, writer, adapter, producer, performer and frequent collaborator with the Minnesota Orchestra as a soloist, actor and recording artist. She has developed new plays, musical theater and opera with the likes of the Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Playwrights’ Center, Nautilus Music-Theater and The Moving Company. A longtime collaborator with the Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune, including serving as artistic director, she co-adapted and performed the title role in their critically acclaimed touring production of Carmen. Recently, she was the librettist for In the Midst of Things with An Opera Theatre and directed the virtual work Everything Comes to a Head with Lyric Opera of the North and the Decameron Opera Coalition.
Australian-born Susie Park, the Minnesota Orchestra’s first associate concertmaster since 2015, will be featured as soloist with the ensemble in June 2023 in Brahms’ Double Concerto with Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe. She has performed solos with numerous major orchestras in Europe, the U.S. and Australia, as well as Korea’s KBS Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington in New Zealand. She was the violinist of the Eroica Trio from 2006 to 2012, with which she recorded the ensemble’s Grammy-nominated CD of all-American repertoire, and toured internationally. Her interest in music of all genres has also led to collaborations with artists such as jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) produces original plays, hosts puppet shows and workshops and leads residencies throughout the Midwest. For many years it produced the MayDay parade, which is now transitioning to a celebration throughout May. Its recent productions include Impact Theory in June 2022 at the Avalon Theater. HOBT has often collaborated with the Minnesota Orchestra for Young People’s Concerts and Hansel and Gretel productions. At the 2022 Summer at Orchestra Hall festival, it collaborated with the Orchestra in choreographed performances of Smetana’s The Moldau. Its puppets were also featured at 2011 performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Maria Dively has been an American Sign Language interpreter for eight years in Minnesota and California. A NIC/Trilingual Interpreter, she is a graduate of North Central University in Minneapolis. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has been involved personally and professionally in the Deaf community since college. From a young age, she has been involved with music as a woodwind player, percussionist and steel drums player, among other roles.
Plan your visit
- Pre-concert activities
- Valet Parking
- Directions & Parking
- Helpful Tips
When: Sun Oct 30 | 12:30-1:45pm, 3-3:30pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to see orchestral instruments, make puppets, learn about animals, engage in creative movement, meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians and more.
Know Before You Go
An engaging performance awaits, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Make this visit your own with food and activity options. Browse these helpful tips, and when your concert date arrives, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
Directions & Parking
All the information you need to know for getting to and from Orchestra Hall. Parking is just steps away from Orchestra Hall in the city-owned and skyway-connected 11th and Marquette Ramp.
- ASL Interpretation
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Braille & Large Print Programs
- Open Captioning
- Service Animals
- Wheelchair & Accessible Seating
Additional services are available upon request.
Mary Ann Feldman Music Education Fund
Angela S. Pennington and W. Anders Folk Student Ticket Fund