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Young People's Concerts


Turn Orchestra Hall into your own personal classroom.

Young People’s Concerts are interactive and highly engaging musical experiences tailored specifically for teachers, students, and families. Each concert features the full Minnesota Orchestra and explores a specific musical element, composer, time period or theme. And this year, the 2020-21 Young People's Concert season will move to a digital format, available for free on-demand viewing.

We’ll Help You Prepare

We'll provide all the tools you need to provide an enriching, productive and fun adventure for your students. You'll have access to concert-specific curricula and our free Interactive Guide to the Orchestra to ensure your students get the most out of the trip. For each concert, one of our musicians and education staff members will be on hand for a pre-concert workshop and a post-concert Q&A via Zoom. Look at the event detail page of your concert for more details as we near the date of the concert.

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Upcoming Young People's Livestream Concerts

At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 1-6. Premiere date to be announced.

Get to know the families and instruments of the orchestra and how they work together.

Program

TCHAIKOVSKY
Serenade for Strings (excerpt)

COLEMAN
Tzigane for Wind Quintet (excerpt)

SUNDSTROM
Four Portraits (excerpt)

HYNES
“Perfectly Voiceless” (excerpt)

Artists

Get ready for the concert or deepen your experience afterward with our concert curriculum and additional activity suggestions (coming soon).

Event details

At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

What is American music? Learn more about many unique voices and experiences as you explore a diverse array of styles of American music. 

Program

HIGDON
Amazing Grace for String Quartet

MONTGOMERY
Strum

BALLARD
Ritmo Indio – A Study in American Indian Rhythm (excerpt)

D’RIVERA
Four Pieces for Brass Quintet (excerpt)

HEITZEG
American Nomad (excerpt)

Artists

Get ready for the concert or deepen your experience afterward with our concert curriculum and additional activity suggestions (coming soon).

Event details

At a Glance

This is a private event available for schools and homeschooling groups and not open to the public.

You've attended Minnesota Orchestra concerts before, but have you ever wondered what it's like when the musicians are rehearsing together to prepare for the concert? Here's your chance to attend a real working rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra! From 10:00 to 11:30, Music Director Osmo Vänskä will rehearse Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 From The New World with the orchestra for that weekend's performances. After the rehearsal, we'll have a Q & A session in the Target Atrium with some orchestra musicians. There is limited seating for the Q & A, so sign up early if you want to stay for the session!

Post-Rehearsal Q & A Session in the Target Atrium

Limited seating for Q & A Session: sign up early if you want to attend the post-concert Q & A.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices availableWheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Additional services are available upon request.

Event details

At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 1-6. Premiere date to be announced.

Go on a musical journey to meet animals and experience their habitats!

Program TBD

Get ready for the concert or deepen your experience afterward with our concert curriculum and additional activity suggestions (coming soon).

  • Minnesota Orchestra

Event details

At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

Far from staying in an ivory tower, classical composers often take a stand on the issues of their day and thus shape the thoughts and actions of others. Students will learn how Sibelius’ rousing Finlandia was written to protest press censorship, while other composers have reflected on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., stood up for women’s voting rights and memorialized African American soldiers who died fighting for the Union in the Civil War.

We hope that during the year, classes will be inspired to undertake service projects and provide photos of their work. Then, as this program concludes with Stravinsky’s triumphant Firebird, we’ll project images of how they’ve taken action in their communities, just like the composers heard here.

Program

BEETHOVEN
Overture to Fidelio / 6 min

SIBELIUS
Finlandia / 8 min

SMYTH
March of the Women, from Overture to The Boatswain's Mate / 5 min

STILL
In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy / 6 min

ABELS
Dance for Martin's Dream / 8 min

STRAVINSKY
Finale from Firebird Suite (1919) / 4 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available ASL available open captioning available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Event details

At a Glance

This concert is recommended for grades 3-6.

Here’s an intriguing question: How do composers put together musical building blocks—tonal and rhythmic patterns, combinations of harmonies, melodies, textures and more—to communicate with audiences?

Students will find answers in the melodies Rossini used to mark separate sections of his high-spirited Barber of Seville Overture, and in Schubert’s way of introducing a melody, then breaking it down and moving it around within the orchestra. Taking Shostakovich as an example, percussionists will demonstrate the recurring patterns and accents, steady beats and bars that make up meter. Finally, students will show their own skills in recognizing all these elements in Chávez's Aztec-themed Sinfonía india.

Program

ROSSINI
Overture to The Barber of Seville / 7 min

SCHUBERT
Allegro moderato, from Symphony in B minor, Unfinished / 3 min

SHOSTAKOVICH
Allegro, from Symphony No. 10 / 4 min

CHÁVEZ
Sinfonía india / 11 min

Artists

  • Minnesota Orchestra

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available ASL available open captioning available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Event details


 


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