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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

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.

This season will feature the story Perfect Square written by local author, Michael Hall. This unique story is perfect for preschool and kindergarten-aged children (4-5). The music is specially commissioned by the FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra and composed just for this program. Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter, Charles Lazarus, composed the score and we know children and adults will love it!

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 children sit on the Orchestra Hall stage where a small 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 – this year, Perfect Square.

There are still a few openings for the 2018-19 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 in the remaining openings this season.

⋅ 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. We will confirm final counts with you at a later date.

⋅ Please let us know in the notes section if you have any special needs, we are happy to work with you.

⋅ Send questions or requests to

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

Kinder Konzert FAQ

Who can participate?
All schools, daycares, and individuals are invited to bring their 4 and 5-year-old children. Advanced registration is required.

Is there a teacher/parent workshop?
We do have a workshop every year, however both workshop dates for the 2018-19 season have now passed.

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

What are the remaining dates for the 2018-2019 season? 
Friday, March 22, 2019 (limited spaces in the 10:55 slot remaining)
Monday, March 25, 2019 (space in the 9:35 and 10:55 slots)
Monday, April 1, 2019 (full)
Monday, April 29, 2019 (full)
Monday, May 6, 2019 (limited spaces in the 9:35 and 10:55 slots remaining)

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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