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Information about Kinder Konzerts 2020-21 season is coming soon!

For questions, comments, or suggestions please contact our Program Director, Ann Lahm, at

Kinder Konzerts™ in the Hall welcomes preschoolers to Orchestra Hall to:

  • listen to a narrated story with live music performed by a Minnesota Orchestra ensemble
  • learn simple music concepts
  • touch and play with orchestral instruments

Kinder Konzerts is an award-winning music education program, and a repeat winner of the League of American Orchestra’s Gold Book Award. During their visit to Orchestra Hall, children participate in guided “sound factories” where they explore musical concepts and try orchestral instruments (e.g. a snare drum, violin, and cello). After the sound factory the children get to sit on the Orchestra Hall stage where an ensemble of Minnesota Orchestra musicians greet them, introduce their instruments with creative introductions, and then perform the chosen work together. The on-stage experience culminates with the featured story narrated to the featured composition.

Each year’s story is selected from the FRIENDS library of original musical scores, commissioned by our non-profit organization specifically to support the Kinder Konzerts program. Kinder Konzerts in the Hall is performed at least 36 times each season, reaching more than 6000 children, teachers, and adults.

The 2019-20 season features the story One-Dog Canoe, written by MN author, Mary Casanova. This unique story is perfect for preschool and kindergarten-aged children (4-6). The music is specially commissioned by the FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra by local composer Daniel Nass just for this program. This exciting new commission premiered in September 2019.

Registration is closed for the 2019-20 Kinder Konzerts season!

To register:

⋅ Fill out the entire form and be as flexible as possible with date and time choices. Our goal is to accommodate every group as best as possible.

⋅ We understand that you may not know exactly how many children and adults you believe will attend your Kinder Konzerts program, but try to be as accurate as possible. Final counts for children are due two weeks prior to your Kinder Konzerts date.

⋅ Please let us know in the notes section if you require any special accommodations, we are happy to work with you to make your Kinder Konzerts experience a great one.

⋅ Our audience is mostly schools, but individual family groups are welcome too! Keep in mind Kinder Konzerts is geared towards 4-6 year olds. We are unable to accomodate children younger than this at this time.

⋅ Send any questions or requests to Ann at or

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming your group to a Kinder Konzerts program!

Kinder Konzert FAQ

Who can participate?
All schools, daycares, and individual family groups are invited to bring their 4-6 year old children. Advanced registration is required.

Is there a teacher/parent workshop?
Each year we host two workshops for educators and interested parents. Both workshop dates for this season have passed.

What is the cost of Kinder Konzerts?
Children and adult chaperones are $6 per person. Paid faculty are no extra charge.

What are the dates for the 2019-2020 season? 

Monday, October 21, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Friday, November 8, 2019
Monday, November 11, 2019
Friday, November 22, 2019
Monday, December 2, 2019
Friday, January 31, 2020
Monday, February 3, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020 (CANCELLED)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (CANCELLED)
Friday, April 10, 2020 (CANCELLED)
Friday, May 15, 2020 (CANCELLED)
*Session availability is updated periodically on our website, please contact FRIENDS Program Director Ann Lahm at for most updated information.  Availability is as of 02/21/2020


What are the program times? 
The Kinder Konzerts program is approximately 70 minutes long and is offered at 3 staggered start times on each available date:
9:35am – 10:45am
10:15am – 11:25am
10:55am – 12:05pm

Learn about Kinder Konzerts on the Road

If you have any questions please contact our office at 612.371.5694, or email

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