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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 connections between classical music and that great American tradition, jazz. Here students will encounter jazz-infused 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; and dynamic selections from Leonard Bernstein. What’s more, Lazarus, backed by a quartet of jazz stars, will perform a handful of dazzling trumpet solos.

Things to Know

  1. Prepare for the concert with a curriculum coming approximately six weeks before your trip to Orchestra Hall.
  2. Tickets can be reserved in advance with no payment due until a month before the concert.
  3. Does your school need financial assistance for an upcoming trip to a Young People’s Concert at Orchestra Hall? Request a bus subsidy.

Date & Time




Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks


T. Mychael Rambo


Charles Lazarus

trumpet and host

Tonia Hughes Kendrick


Tommy Barbarella


Jeff Bailey


David Schmalenberger


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