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Sensory-Friendly and Relaxed Family Concerts

The Minnesota Orchestra is committed to increasing access to the symphonic art form by providing concert experiences in an inclusive environment. We offer Sensory-Friendly and Relaxed Family Concerts for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.

Our Sensory-Friendly Concerts feature individual musicians or small ensembles in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall. Relaxed Family Concerts feature the full orchestra in the main auditorium.

Information about accessibility services

Upcoming Sensory-Friendly and Relaxed Family Concerts

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!

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

  • 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.
  • The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sensory-Friendly Concerts are inclusive experiences for audiences of all abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.

 

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

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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 relaxed concert experience for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities.

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor and host
  • Patricio DeLara, Juxtaposition Arts

RESPIGHI
Trittico Botticelliano,, La primavera / 6 min

MONTGOMERY
Allegro con brio, Starburst / 3 min

MUSSORGSKY
Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel / 30 min

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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 (English | Spanish), playlist and other preparatory materials!

 

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


Sponsor:

PNC